John Ross (Cherokee)

Westward Expansion Final Project

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Early Life

Ross was born on October 3, 1790, in Turkey Town, on the Coosa River near present-day Center, Alabama. In 1811, Ross was appointed indian agent after graduation and during the war of 1812 he served as adjutant of a cherokee regiment under the command of andrew jackson. In 1827 Ross established a plantation and ferry business where the Oostanaula and Etowah rivers flow together to form the Coosa River, located at what is now Rome.

The Government

John Ross became principal chief of the Cherokee Nation in 1827.During that time Ross established a government in the United States. Ross's diplomatic skills enabled him to achieve prominent positions. In 1827 Ross took control of the cherokee government, but at the same time Andrew jackson tried even harder to get cherokee off their land.


After attending South West Point Academy in Tennessee, Ross married Quatie. He began selling goods to the U.S. government in 1813. The profits from the store at Ross's Landing on the Tennessee River enabled Ross in 1827 to establish a plantation and ferry business where the Oostanaula and Etowah rivers flow together to form the Coosa River.

Movement to the west and the things i did during the westward expansion

John ross started moving to the west to regroup with his people. As was doing so Jackson started something called the indian removal act where they sent john and his comrades out of there homes down to several boot camps then onto a camp in florida where they would remain there. Johns impact on westward expansion was being a judge for the indians in court, acting as chief for their society, and going along side them down the trail of tears.

Manifest destiny

Manifest destiny is the idea that americans were destined or meant to extend america from coast to coast.I do not agree with this idea because the native americans were here first and everybody just fled right in without thinking twice about it.


One of my greatest challenges was the trail of tears where I had to walk of with my comrades desperately out of our vilage and to a remote area where we might not be able to live.

Another one of my challenges was the court of law because I had to try to persuade the people before me to let us keep our land.

The final movement

John ross went down the trail of tears with his companions after being sent away by the english. John was assassinated while going down the trail of tears by his own people on august 1, 1866 making thing even worse for the cherokee nation. Life after ross died wasn't any better the cherokee nation were put into camps where they would remain there for their days.

A quote from john ross

* "We, the great mass of the people think only of the love we have for our land, 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.". - Letter from john ross

Achievements I wanted to accomplish

* Be a part of the government

* Become chief

*Help defend the land of the cherokee