Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Indian Removal Act of 1830

The Indian Removal Act was signed into law by Andrew Jackson on May 28, 1830, authorizing the president to grant unsettled lands west of the Mississippi in exchange for Indian lands within existing state borders. A few tribes went peacefully, but many resisted the relocation policy. During the fall and winter of 1838 and 1839, the Cherokees were forcibly moved west by the United States government. Approximately 4,000 Cherokees died on this forced march, which became known as the "Trail of Tears."

For more on the Indian Removal Act: Click Here.

For the text of the Indian Removal Act: Click Here.

Lands Assigned to Emigrant Indians
West of Arkansas and Missouri - 1836

1 comment:

  1. I'm trying to find information about whether or not anyone on Newman's Ridge was removed during that time period. My email address kkakins at gmail dot com. If you can point me to pertinent information I'd be most appreciative!