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American History: Native Americans

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be Native American during the European invasion? In American history Native Americans were treated unfairly. The American government mistreated the Natives by lying to them and treating them as foreigners. After years of fighting for freedom the Natives did not achieve their goal for freedom. The Trail of Tears, being the most tragic event in American history, was due to the Removal Act in the 1830s, the misguidance of President Andrew Jackson, the discovery of gold, and the false promises made to the Native Americans. In the beginning of the 1830s, about 150,000 Native Americans lived on the lands of Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and Alabama. By the end of the 1830s the Indians were moved out and the few left were workers for the Europeans. The Native Americans were sent to “Indian Territory.” The article informs that, “Some wanted to stay and fight. Others thought it was prognostic to agree and leave in exchange for money and other concessions” (Trail of Tears). The government promised to keep land for the Indians but the greed of the whites made the Indian population shrink. These settlers kept coming in whenever they saw the opportunity for gold. During the 1830s, the discovery of gold made the southeast region of the United States a prime region for prospectors. This led to the Removal Act of the Native Americans. The Native Americans were forced out of their land so the European immigrants could have somewhere to
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