Elias Boudinot

Westward Expansion Final

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Why I Moved West

The reason I moved west was because we were forced to cede our lands in the Southeast and remove to the west.

My Impact On Westward Expansion

In 1826 I was sent on tour to raise money for my education and printing equipment. This allowed me to publish a very influential article called "An Address To The Whites". In this article I explained that the Cherokee Indians were becoming civilized and a part of our economy.

Manifest Destiny Definition

"Manifest Destiny is a term for the attitude prevalent during the 19th century period of American expansion that the United States not only could, but was destined to, stretch from coast to coast. This attitude helped fuel western settlement, Native American removal, and war with Mexico." -Google

My Opinion On Manifest Destiny

I believe that the Manifest Destiny brought great misery to us, the Cherokee people. This "attitude" is what caused western settlement and Native American removal.

Challenges I Faced During Expansion

There were many difficult challenges I had to overcome during the Indian Removal. First, many of my people died along the journey west. We all faced disease, starvation, and more than 10,000 people died before reaching their various destinations during the Trial of Tears. Also, my people and I were forced to leave behind all of our lands.

Where We Ended Up

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What My Life Was Like In The Final Destination

After I migrated west, my life was very different. Thousands of people were dead and society was dying out. Life after the Trail of Tears was filled with unforgettable images of cruelty along with a sense of survivor's guilt. Life after the Trail of Tears consisted of fear of White authority and government. Even though many died from disease, starvation, and cold, we saw our property and territories violated.


"Good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow." -Me

"We, the great mass of the people think only of the love we have to our land for we do love the land where we were brought up. We will never let our hold to this land go...to let it go it will be like throwing away...our mother that gave us birth." -Cherokee People

My Hopes, Wishes, & Dreams

I hope to one day get my land back, I wish that no one had to suffer through the trail of tears, and I dream of a time where we are not controlled by the Whites and not forced to give up our land.