Removal of Indian Tribes in 1700

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No, I do not agree that Georgia and the United States were justified in forcing the Indian tribes to leave their homeland and move to the Oklahoma territory. I believe the Tribes were taken advantage of and abused by the states whenever possible.
In 1971 the Cherokee tribe was in the process of making treaties with United States. The state of Georgia recognized the Cherokee tribe as a nation allowing them to make their own laws and follow their native customs. In the late 1700’s their land started to be invaded by the white man. The Cherokee Indians began to move to Arkansas. (Historical Context) I believe the Indians were taken advantage of and had no option but to move when their land was taken away from them. Georgia and the United
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Georgia has not rights on the land or people. Therefore “the Acts of Georgia are repugnant to the Constitution, laws, and treaties of the United States.”. (DBQ Doc 2) That being said the judgment against Worcester was reversed.
In 1810 the confrontation between Tecumseh and William Harrison at Vincennes, Indiana leads to more lose of land for the Tribes. The signing of the Treaty of Greenville, which took more of the Indians land from them was intended to make things work easer for Tribal members and settlers. During that time frame additional treaties (Treaty of Grouseland and Treaty of Vincennes) were signed. More land was given to Americans but still “resulted in an easing of tension by allowing the settlers into Indiana and appeasing the Indians with reimbursement for the lands the settlers were squatting on”.(DBQ Doc 3)
Statements by Chief Tecumseh leads to further verification that the Indians felt wronged in the swapping of their land. Tecumseh states “we gave them forest-clad mountains and valleys full of game, and in return what did they give our warriors and our women? Rum, trinkets and a grave.”(DBQ Doc 4)
Based on the maps presented there is further proof that the Cherokee Tribe was losing more and more land to United States. The original extent of the Cherokee claims give the Tribe land in following states West Virginia, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and
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