Cherokee Native American Indians and the Trail of Tears
What made the Cherokee culture distinctive towards others in the Trail of Tears time period was that they had a more peaceful, harmless outlook on the situation. In 1814, Andrew Jackson who would eventually become the President of the United States, had his and his whole army’s lives on the line in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend to the British forces when the Cherokee allied with them to win the battle. Surprisingly, 16 years later when Jackson was President of the United States, he made the deciding decision on the controversy of whether or not the Cherokee deserved their land. Jackson completed the Indian Removal Act in 1830, sending the Cherokee out of their own land which they rightfully owned, into several states. There were four routes: a water route, a land route, and two other major routes. The water route lead through Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, back through Tennessee and Mississippi, Alabama, and then finally back again to Tennessee. The land route lead through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Tennessee. The first major route lead through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, and Alabama. The second major route lead through Arkansas and Tennessee.
On that journey, it was believed that over 4,000 died of starvation! While the Cherokee had a lot to go through a tough time, they still had a peaceful look on America. The other tribes involved in the Trail of Tears constantly grieved over the loss of their only source of civilization, while the Cherokee made the best of the situation. The long Trail of Tears lead through moist valleys, many major waterways, plains, and forests. There were many resources for the Cherokee to use to prevent death such as wood, animals, leaves, sticks, and tree bark. The Trail of Tears has made an impact on the history of America for two reasons. First, America may have waged war on the Indians if the Trail of Tears had never occurred. Second, the Indian population in America today may have been greater if the many Indian casualties during the Trail of Tears could have been avoided.
The Cherokee also interestingly enough forgave America after the horrific treatment they received during this time. The Cherokee tried to make the best out of every situation by eating whatever food was available, establishing makeshift overnight camps, and constructing their own necessities such as totem poles, clothing, animal furs, hats, boots, tents and coats. The other tribes, however, didn’t do the same. They walked the whole way fueled by hatred for Jackson and America. They would also harass locals by stealing from them and attacking them. As previously mentioned, the Cherokee were peaceful and kind to the locals.
The Cherokee had their own unique belief system. They believed in an unusual religious system which determined certain objects to be holy such as an owl and the number seven. The Cherokee also believed a...