The Indian Removal Act Of 1830

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"My friends, circumstances render it impossible that you can flourish in the midst of a civilized community. You have but one remedy within your reach...that is to [move] to the west...The sooner you do this, the sooner you will commence your career of improvement and prosperity." These were the words spoken by Andrew Jackson to Congress on the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The Indian Removal Act (aka the Trail of Tears) was a brutal, unfair tragedy that should not have happened to the Native Americans. The way the Native Americans were forced out their homeland was the wrong way for Andrew Jackson to gain land. Before Europeans arrived in "America" there were about one to two million Indians. Then, by the 1800 's there were about two hundred and fifty thousand Native Americans left. Ten percent of the population died from torture, violence, slavery, and relocation. The first recorded contact with the Europeans that the Choctaw Tribe encountered was Hernando De Soto 's Expedition in the 1540 's. Hernando was supposed to conquer Florida but failed terribly. As De Soto 's brutalities became known, the Choctaw Tribe greeted him and his army with a great celebration and later attacked them. The Choctaw Tribe gave De Soto and his troops about six hundred and forty-four arrow wounds wherever armor didn’t protect them. The Chickasaws later trapped De Soto and his army in a fire so hot that the Spaniards had to build up a forge and fix the steel in their swords. Europeans had more

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