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History of the Native Americans

Updated on September 21, 2020
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Ian is a teacher, a writer, and a great explorer. He like writing about past events.

A native American Indian (1899)
A native American Indian (1899) | Source

History of The Natives

It is stated that the Trail of life should not have happened because the people of the Cherokee wished to live together for centuries. The removal took place in the years 1838 and 1839, and it happened in an unconstitutional way. The US reports state that roughly four hundred people died where many died in captivity before the actual forceful removal. However, according to missionaries or people who traveled with the Cherokees, the figure was around four thousand casualties. This article is going to summarize the whole Native history and showing maps for the travel.

Justification Behind Their Evacuation

The justification behind The Trail of fear was that the Cherokees would not fit in the new United States. The government stated that people would not be comfortable. However, this was a mere lie since the Cherokee people had a constitution, newspapers, and a National language that would boost studies to both men and women of that time. The justification was not lenient because its bases were to grab land that belonged to the Cherokee people and make it a US’s land. The people of America wished for the removal of the people of Cherokee.

The American was not able to wait for the Cherokee people to sell their land. However, The Cherokee people were not willing to move from their land. It happened that some people visited the Press in Georgia to force the removal, which made the people of Georgia so happy to do so. However, the removal was not a happy opinion to all, especially to the missionaries who lived I Georgia (Ellen 2018): 129. In 1832, the Cherokee citizens filed a case against Georgia's act. John Martial, the Supreme Court's chief justice, agreed with the Cherokees and their rights to stay in their homeland. However, the President of the time refused to follow the judiciary's decision, making the Cherokees lose the case. This order left the Cherokees with only one option which was leaving the Nation.

A map showing reserved territories in America
A map showing reserved territories in America | Source

Reserved Indian Territories

The maps into the reserved Indian territories reveal that the Chickasaws did not experience much difficulty traveling than the other Indian communities, such as the Cherokees. The Chickasaws had a shorter distance to cover from the American territories to the Indian territories than the other communities making their journey least difficult. The Cherokees moved northern before traveling to the west because the northern way had water and food that Cherokees would benefit from. One of the southern regions where the Seminoles lived was completely turned to Florida. After the removal, other cities such as Nebraska and Wyoming that occupies the native land of the Cherokees.

Trail of Tears: A History From Beginning to End (Native American History)

What were the natives doing in America?

Growing cash crops was a unique way Indian communities used to prove to the Americans that they were compatible with the European culture that was grouped American people as "civilized." The Indian communities sold the Americans' cash crops to make them believe that they could still maintain their native lands. Cherokees' tools were filing a case in the Supreme Court against Georgia's attempt to rule over them. Cherokees also gave up some land, but after some time, they were forced to move out of the Amersome time ritories (Ellen 2018): 129. However, the Cherokees' effort to maintain their native land didn't bear any fruits since the President was against the court's rule, and the Cherokees were later forced to move out of their land.

What happened after the abolition of slave trade?

After slavery was abolished in 1693, many black slaves ran away to Florida, joined the Seminoles, and lived in peace. These black people were commonly referred to as the Black Seminoles. The black Seminoles lived in separate places with the Seminoles despite the inter-marriages (Riley, 2016). The Seminoles and the black Seminoles' difference was that the black Seminoles had different religious activities that blended African culture and Christianity. The relationship between the black Seminoles and Seminoles was a symbiotic one since the two groups would engage in communal activities and support each other.


To sum up, many people from native America were against the removal of the Cherokees. However, the small number who proposed the removal, including the President, managed to send away the Indian communities from their land. Despite the Indian communities' efforts to maintain their land by impressing the Americans, they ended up being thrown out of America's borders.


Egiebor, Esohe E., and Ellen J. Foster. "Traveling Through the Trail of Tears." The Geography Teacher 15.3 (2018): 129-138.

Riley, Naomi. The new Trail of tears: How Washington is destroying American Indians. Encounter Books, 2016.6.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2020 Ian Muiruri


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