Trail of Tears

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Trail of Tears

Trail of TearsThe Trail of Tears (1838 and 1839) was part of Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal policy, the Cherokee nation was forced to give up its lands east of the Mississippi River and to migrate to an area in present-day Oklahoma. The Trail of Tears was very difficult for the Cherokees. 1 out of 4 Cherokee died on root which is why that moment in History was called the Trail of Tears.(Sources: and

Trail of Tears

Most families were seperated during the journey. The elderly and ill were forced out at gunpoint and people were given only moments to collect cherished possesions.(Sources:

Between 1816 and 1840 , tribes located between the original states (New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia) and the Mississippi River, including Cherokees, Chickasaws, Choctaw, Creeks, and Seminoles, in total, signed more than 40 treaties ceding their land to the U.S.(Sources: and


The Cherokee Trail of Tears resulted from the enforcement of the Treaty of New Echota, an agreement signed under the provisions of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which exchanged Native American land in the East for lands west of the Mississippi River, but which was never accepted by the elected tribal leadership.(Sources:


Map of the journey along the Trail of Tears


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