The Trail of Tears
By: Kamryn Czaplewski
Background Behind It
The Trail of Tears was an act in the 1830s, when 5 native tribes, Cherokee, Choctaw, Seminole, Creek, and Chicksaw, were ordered to move east of Mississippi by Andrew Jackson. They wanted to stay in their area, so they started to act like the whites.
Indian Removal Act of 1830
Jackson had made the Indian Removal Act of 1830, so that he could give the U.S. the right to move the natives out of Mississippi. The Cherokee tribe followed by signing the Treaty of New Echota, however John Ross, the leader of the Cherokee, had fought against the act.
Trail of Tears
All of the natives were then forced to move east. 16,000 marched to the east, and over a quarter of them died. More died throughout the journey due to sickness and starvation.
These are the trails that the natives took to get to the East.
Osceola was the leader if the Seminole, and had led the Seminole to fight against the removal.
Andrew Jackson was the seventh President of the United States and caused the Indian Removal ACt.
I thought that Andrew Jackson was the person to blame for all of the deaths of the natives, He forced them to move to the east, during the winter, and didn't care about the fact that many natives had died. Overall, the topic was really interesting to learn about!