Andrew Jackson And The Indian Removal Act Of Native Americans

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Tyler Roush
American Literature I
Professor Wallace

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The Cherokee Indians are one of the most well-known American Indian tribes here in the U.S. However, once the Europeans came to the new world and started to expand their territory, this did not bode well for them. Many tribes were enraged by the expansion into Native American lands. Even when the Europeans had promised that they would not encroach onto their lands. Gold was said to be on the lands of the Cherokee and this made the Europeans want to break their promise to the Indians even more so now that they knew that gold was said to be there.
Andrew Jackson became president in 1829. Now, many people knew that he was a notorious Indian fighter and …show more content…

In 1828, The Cherokee Buck Watie (who took up the name of Elias Boudinot) founded and edited The Cherokee Phoenix, which was used to state the Cherokee view of the problem. They also wrote a number of letters, briefs and petitions to the government. These appeals did not have their effect, as the government kept insisting that the Indians voluntarily leave the territory. In 1835, a number of leaders signed the Treaty of New Echota after concluding that any further attempts to fight against the government were futile.” Once the Cherokee agreed to the removal act, federal troops had come in to enforce it. This was known as the Trail of Tears. The troops made the some 12,000 Cherokee Indians walk to their new home west of the Mississippi River. Along the way around 4,000 Cherokee died. Even though the government at the time wanted to remove all of the tribes to west of the Mississippi River, the Cherokee had fought them in court. They stated that their lands were sacred and that they had been there for generations. The Cherokee fought their removal through the many court systems in the United States at the time. Their case went all the way up to the Georgia Supreme Court.
Once at the highest court available in the State, the Cherokee had kept with their rhetoric that they were not wishing to attack the Europeans or those living near them. They only wished to have the promise of the government that they made to not encroach onto their lands and then everyone can

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