history meme - 10 Moments - The Trail of Tears [6/10]

One of the most controversial and cruel moments in American history, the Trail of Tears is the name given to the forced relocation of Native American nations from their ancestral lands in the Southern part of the United States. Following President Andrew Jackson’s signing of the Indian Removal Act of 1830 on 28 May, 1830, Cherokee, Muscogee, Seminole, Chickasaw and Choctaw nations were forced from their homelands to designated Indian territories in what is now modern day Oklahoma. The Trail of Tears was so named as during the forced relocation as many as 66,000 Native Americans combined from the five tribes died as a result of exposure, disease and starvation. 






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