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Trail of Tears

On this day in History, December 29th, 1835,

The Treaty of New Ochota is signed ceding Cherokee territory to the United States.  The treaty was ratified despite the fact that a small minority of Cherokee supported the treaty, and the Cherokee National Council never approved of it.

According to the treaty, the Cherokee were to be compensated with $5,000,000, and any Cherokee person could stay behind if they became citizens of the states which took over their land, but these provisions were later struck out of the treaty by President Andrew Jackson.

Due to the treaty, the Cherokee were forced into internment camps, then later forced under armed guard to move to Indian Territory in Oklahoma, despite it being winter and the Cherokee having little food and provisions.  Many died on what would later become known as the “Trail of Tears”.

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