The Indian Removal Act Of 1830

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Throughout all of early American history, there has been a constant battle between Native Americans and the earliest European settlers. There were many diverse, and complex views when approaching this subject matter; however, in 1830 President Andrew Jackson passed the Indian Removal Act, which forced Indians to relocate from their homelands in south east to land west of the Mississippi river. This granted the U.S. a large portion of new rich land, unfortunately it was at the expense of the Native Americans. When passing the Indian Removal Act of 1830, President Jackson relied on teleological utilitarianism ethnic views, in that he focused on the advancement of the majority rather the good of the minority. The great land dispute between Native Americans and the European settlers first began when our founding fathers began claiming land that was already Indian Territory. As the population of new settlers in America increased, the population of Native American decreased. Native Americans were exposed to many European diseases for the first time, not to mention the advancement in warfare the Europeans had. Very few tribes survived the deadly early years of American history, but of the surviving tribes, Choctaw, Chicksaw, Cherokee, and Creek became known as the “Five Civilized Tribes”. (Gale, 2014) In 1813, there was a dispute amongst the Creek Indian known as the “Creek War” the Creek Indians divided into two sides after Americans threatened to secede their land, those…

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