Andrew Jackson's controversial Indian Removal Act paved the way for The Trail of Tears. It was estimated that many died from hunger, exposure and disease. What would that estimated number be?
The journey became a cultural memory as the "trail where they cried" for the Cherokees & other removal tribes. Today it is widely remembered by the general public as the "Trail of Tears".The National Historic Trail is about 2,200 miles long.
What gives anyone the right to displace people from their own lands? I can never get my head round the fact that this has been happening for such a long time...
Nov 19, 2018 3:11AM
Another shameful act by land-stealing white men. This was akin to genocide, especially after supplying these people with small pox tainted blankets. We continue to steal from and force our way on native Americans. Look how we treat them on their sovereign lands to push through polluting pipelines.
Nov 27, 2018 12:12AM
Removed Indians who were property owners and more educated than most of the white people in the area
Jan 18, 2019 7:39AM
There's a special place in hell for Andrew Jackson
Jan 31, 2019 5:29PM
Donna Smith. I will apologise for the actions of total strangers when Italy apologises for the shameful invasion of Britain in 55 BC. Get a life.I (we) are not responsible for the actions of our forebears.
Feb 13, 2019 5:03AM
I think the nature of the question deserved a longer answer. This event was more than a statistical blip on a screen.
Jan 3, 2019 6:07AM
What we don't understand, we fear, what we fear we destroy. The cycle continues through out the history of man.
Feb 1, 2020 9:57PM
Janice Lea Vanlandingham, you really don't understand what has been done against Native Americans. To this day it is still happening. Firstmost we are of this land. The Genocides have been happening for the longest time but no one dates to talk about it. The Navajos faced and endured the long walk.
Nov 10, 2019 9:18AM
Margaret O'Neill, I suppose you think that we should give the Mexican people back, the land that was "stolen" from them, California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah... I was told back in 1968 that the Mexicans were going to recover all that was stolen from them ..by hook or by crook.
Nov 10, 2019 2:31AM
Jackie Tahbone, Seminoles never were removed from their lands, they retreated to the swamps to escape the soldiers. The Hopi also never were removed from their native lands. The Navajo were made neighbors of the Hopi so that they would learn to farm.
Nov 10, 2019 2:26AM
billyboy915, yes it was a shameful act. What the white soldiers can't be held accountable for is understanding that the blankets held smallpox in them. Most people did not understand the disease. Only Doctors understood it, when the order came down to burn what looked like perfectly good blankets,in a very cold winter, the officers ignored the order. In this case ignorance was deadly.
Nov 10, 2019 2:21AM
Lest we forget the sins against my people.
Nov 10, 2019 2:14AM
FYI - the other tribes were Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole Indians. It is a shame the other tribes are rarely mentioned! I am half Creek so I know this history.
Nov 9, 2019 9:52PM
Margaret O'Neill, no one has that right. But, our government did it then and still does it now under the guise of imminent domain. Just being bullies! Damn their souls!
Nov 7, 2019 12:33PM
Another sad moment in American history. Along with slavery and indentured servitude.
Nov 7, 2019 12:31PM
Nov 6, 2019 10:58PM
One of the darkest pages in American history. Among white men, the Cherokee probably view Andrew Jackson as their worst enemy.
Nov 6, 2019 6:21PM
The death toll from that terrible march was at the maximum!!!!!
Nov 5, 2019 12:52AM
Trust me, I'm from the government. And these fools want Socialism !?!?
Nov 4, 2019 3:02AM
Displaced for being the original people of the continent. Trail of Tears - the Butan Death March - the gas chambers.... It is more than man's inhumanity to man. Man's ego will be the undoing of it all. Then peace will return to this planet. But humanity will not be here to see it. Pity.
Nov 4, 2019 1:17AM
The trail of tears wasn't one big trail, it was a series of trails. One of its branches ran through my dad's farm.
Nov 3, 2019 6:57PM
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