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.

My Reaction

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!

Works CIted


World History Book, Chapter 12: Section 2