West Of The Mississippi River: The Trail Of Tears

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At the beginning of the 1830s, almost 125,000 Native Americans resided on millions of acres of land that had been inhabited and cultivated by their ancestors for generations. Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, and Florida were all a part of their home. However, by the end of the decade, little to none remained in the southeastern area of the United States. The federal government had forced most of them out of their land and to walk thousands of miles to an area specially designated as “Indian territory” west of the Mississippi River. This grueling and often times deadly journey is known as the Trail of Tears. To most white settlers that lived in the south, Native Americans were simply a nuisance occupying the land they wanted. They
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