Indian Removal Act.

Westward Expansion Activity

Definition

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The Indian Removal Act was signed into law by President Andrew Jackson on May 28, 1830. The act authorized him to negotiate with the Native Americans in the Southern United States for their removal to federal territory west of the Mississippi River in exchange for their homelands.


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Detail

  • The Removal Act was strongly supported by non-native people in the South, who were eager to gain access to lands inhabited by the Five Civilized Tribes. In particular, Georgia, the largest state at that time, was involved in a contentious jurisdictional dispute with the Cherokeen nation. President Jackson hoped removal would resolve the Georgia crisis.
  • The Five Civilized Tribes consisted of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee-Creek, and Seminole
  • This topic is still relevant, shown in the ethnicity from southwestern population. If it wasn't for The Indian Removal Act, society and traditions would be a lot different from the south.


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