Iconic tragedy of Indian Removal: the Cherokee Trail of Tears that relocated thousands of Cherokees to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), was also a Black migration. Slaves of Cherokees walked this trail along with their Indian owners.
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Signed into law by President Andrew Jackson on May the Indian Removal Act of 1830 act authorized the president to grant unsettled lands west of the Mississippi River in exchange for Indian lands within existing state borders.
Trail of Tears Facts. In 1838 and as part of Andrew Jackson's Indian removal policy, the Cherokee nation was forced to give up its lands east of the Mississippi River and to migrate to an area in present-day Oklahoma.