The Trail Of Tears: An American Tragedy

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Can you imagine walking over 900 miles to find a new home? Native American tribes such as: the Cherokees, Creeks, Seminoles, and etc. were forced from their homes. Many left peacefully and others would not leave without a fight. Native Americans were forced from their homes in Georgia, the Carolinas, and Florida; then, were forced to walk to present-day Oklahoma to find new homes. The Trail of Tears is the worst American tragedy because the Native Americans were forced to leave their homes, to travel across the country just to find a home, to establish their own civilizations, tribe leaders began to betray their tribes, and many died due to the genocide.
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The Trail of Tears was names after the Cherokee removal of north Georgia. The Cherokees were relocated by forced march to what is now Oklahoma. Thousands of Cherokees died during the removal. Other Native American tribes were removed from Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. The Cherokee population was reduced in half because of the Trail of Tears.
Third, the Native Americans had already developed their own civilization thousands of years before the Trail of Tears. When the Native Americans settled in the United States, they considered that land belonged to them. Muntone expresses that “They (Native Americans) did not keep written records; their culture was primarily oral. They respected the land and adapted their needs and lives to suit what it could provide” (Muntone). When the Europeans arrived, the Native Americans did not think they would take their land and liberty. Instead, the Native American hospitality was to treat them as visitors.
Then, many tribe leaders began to betray their tribes. John Ross, John Ridge, and Elias Boudinot were the leaders of the Cherokee tribes. John Ross was against the removal act put towards the Cherokees. However, Ridge and Boudinot were both working for acceptance of removal. Ridge and Boudinot agreed on removal because the Native Americans could not defeat the Europeans at war. Also, they were pressured by the government of Georgia and by the President Andrew Jackson’s administration. When Ross arrived back to Georgia from his trip to Washington, he realized his land and house were occupied by the Europeans. He then found out that the Cherokees were forced to remove to the west. Ridge and Boudinot were executed because of their actions. However, John Ross traveled to the western part of the United States where the Cherokees were located and start their civilization over again.
Finally, many Native Americans died due to illnesses and genocide. People think it’s...

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