Trail of Tears

Westward Expansion Activity

Define: What is it?

The Trail of Tears was the forced relocation of native Americans to reservations from their lands in the southeastern part of the United States. The trail of tears was an effect of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which was designed to remove over 16,000 Native Americans from tribes such as the Cherokee, Muskogee, Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw


  • The trail of tears was brought up quite often during Westward Expansion because most people doing the "expanding" thought they were in the way and pushed to remove them from the lands they owned.
  • 2000 Cherokee left willingly when most would have to be forcefully moved.
  • The legacy helped us learn from the mistakes of the government during that time. It also shows that we must strive for equity so that we can live up to the American name.