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The Trail of Tears

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  1. The Trail of Tears ‘What Really Happened?”

  2. Trail of tears: the beginning • From the Indian Removal Act, it created a forced removal of five Indian tribes throughout the American Southeast • The phrase originated from a description of the removal of the Choctaw Nation in 1831 • Tribes that were relocated: • Choctaw, Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, and Chickasaw Nations

  3. Removal • In 1831 the Choctaw were the first to be removed, and they became the model for all other removals. After the Choctaw, the Seminole were removed in 1832, the Creek in 1834, then the Chickasaw in 1837, and finally the Cherokee in 1838.

  4. Removal • Pressures to remove the Indians were magnified by U.S. population growth and the expansion of slavery in the South

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  6. Trail Conditions • Dead of winter • Ice cold winds • Snow • If one of your family members died, a soldier would shoot you dead • Most had no shoes and little food • Took months to walk at times

  7. Seminole Resistance • As the realization that the Seminoles would resist relocation sank in, Florida began preparing for war • Sugar plantations along the Atlantic coast south of St. Augustine were destroyed, with many of the slaves on the plantations joining the Seminoles • With nearly a decade of resistance, this became known as the Seminole Wars- After relocation, hundreds stayed behind in the Everglades

  8. Poem How long, how far? These questions come. They wait to be answered, By the Chosen One. Yet some of me, Can't wait and cry. So I let go of life, With a mourning sigh. • The Trail Of Tears • By: AditiRao • My heart breaks, • Everytime I see. • Our tribal people, • Suffering dearly. • For their souls are blank, • Their hearts are torn. • Their minds are still, • And their fears shown. • The sun disappears, • The moons they pass. • I see the days, • Like shattered glass. • Yet silently I continue on, • No words escape my speechless lips. • I gently shush the children's words, • With softly curled fingertips.

  9. Overview • The last forced relocation of the Cherokee has been referred to as a "death march," across the Midwest in 1838, which occurred on a predominantly land route. It was later described as an act of genocide in 2003.