• On May 26, 1830, the 21st Congress passed the Indian Removal Act.• This act was passed to populate the frontier• The act wasn’t passed easily, however. Four months of debate finally convinced Andrew Jackson to sign the bill.
The government responsible for the passage of the Indian Removal act wanted LAND Indian territory had copious amounts of land and freerange. The government, as well as the Native American hating-crowd, wanted to expand their sphere of influence across the map.
WHO SUFFERED?At first, the Cherokee Indians were kicked out ofGeorgia.The Cherokee, along with the other Five“Civilized” Tribes(Seminole, Creek, Choctaw, andChickasaw), were banished from their nativelands and held away from white society.This banishment is known as the Trail of Tears
What ever happened to them?The Act promised a relocation of the Indians and a fine compensation. after the Trail of Tears. The tribes were placed in Oklahoma, and had a total of around 19.5 million acres in the Indian Territory.They were also granted an average of $2 million per tribe, which included them in the U.S economy.
Despite the harassment and destruction of their older lives, the relocated tribes soon began to adapt to American life. Missions had persuaded thousands of Indians to convert to Christianity, which established a relationship beyond the Territory. The tribes also modeled America’s economic traits, and soon became heavily involved in trading and producing goods.
Since the Indian Removal Act in 1830, thegovernment has become quite supportive of Manifest DestinyThe nation realizes its land-earning potential and enforces the removal of many other civilizations and cultures in hopes of land and trade.
How does the Act affect us today?Despite all of the battles and diseases suffered to maintain their freedomsince 1830, Native Americans are still restrained.Today, there are about 800,000 NativeAmericans living on 310 reservations.These reservations are land set aside by the government for exclusive Indian use.