Indian Removal Act

Written By: Holly, Hannah, and Colby

Social Effect

The Indian Removal Act was signed into law by president Andrew Jackson on May 28th, 1830. This created a racial situation with Native American treated as second class citizens or worse. It resulted in the Indians Reservation system in some of the most forlorn or worthless places in the country were SO trampled on that, that they still have not recovered from it today.

Political Effect

December 6, 1830- president Andrew Jackson outlined his Indian removal policy.

February 22,1830 senator Hugh white, from committee on Indian Affairs, reported a bill to provide for an exchange of lad with the Indians. On April 24, 1830 the house of Representatives voted 102-97 to pass the Indian Removal act. In late May it was signed into law.

Economic Effect

The removal from ancestral lands caused a long series of battles. More than 46,000 Native Americans were forced to abandon their homes and relocate to "Indian territory" which is now known as Oklahoma. 4,000 died on the journey there from disease, starvation, and exposure to extreme weather.

Geographical Effect

This freed more than 25 million acres of fertile farmlands in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas. The Trail of Tears stretched from Tennessee to Oklahoma.