History Of Trail Of Tears  

After independence, the white population in America increased tremendously. The local Native Tribes who were present in the region for centuries were forced to leave their homeland or were promised “better compensation”. The lands of the tribes were extremely rich and fertile. Agriculture was the main profession in the region. These tribes depended heavily on the natural scenic lands of America.

However, post independence, with rising population of the whites who were greedily in search of prosperous lands pushed, threatened and even killed local tribes in the region. The tribes in return were given extremely poor lands that were not fertile or prosperous.

The Trail of Tears was one such compromise that the Cherokees tribes were forced to go through. The then President Andrew Jackson passed the Indian Removal Act, stating that Cherokees would be moved from the regions due to the Gold Rush that was sweeping the nation. The Cherokees meanwhile appealed to the Supreme Court and won their case, refusing to move out of their homelands. Jackson was relentless and went against the court order forced 500 Cherokees to sign the “agreement” that stated that the tribes would be “compensated” adequately. The Cherokees who signed did not have any authoritative power over their tribes. They were not even real representatives of the tribe. The evacuation soon began and thousands of Cherokees were forced to trek across rugged terrains. They were made to live in makeshift camps that were not hygienic. They were not even provided with clean food or water. Thousands of Cherokees died on the way. This was tragically called “Trail of Tears”.

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Importance Of The Trail Of Tears      The Trail of Tears was one of the many barbaric attempts by the Whites to remove the Native Americans from their homelands by force. The Treaty of Echota penned under the Indian Removal Act in 1830 forced the Natives to exchange their rich fertile lands in the East for unfertile and poorly maintained lands in the West of Mississippi River. More..

 


 

 

 
   
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