The Trail of Tears

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Native Americans will never forget The Trail of Tears. In the late 1820s, more than 100,000 Native Americans lived in southeast America. It had been their home for generations before the white men came. The white men desired this land because they had found gold in Georgia and because they could use the land for enormous cotton plantations that would make them rich. In 1830, President Andrew Jackson peacefully passed the Indian Removal Act, which said that Native American Indians must go to a selected spot in the Louisiana Territory. When Native Americans refused to move, U. S. troops would force them out. The evacuation of the Cherokee tribe in 1838 was the most brutal. When they resisted, 7000 soldiers looted their homes and marched them more than 1,200 miles. Over 5,000 died. It will be remembered as “The Trail of tears.”

Verstegen, Lori. “The Trail of Tears” U. S. History-Based Writing Lessons. Locust Grove: Institute for Excellence in Writing, 2016. Print. 102.

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