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Making America: A History of the United States, Brief Second Edition
Carol Berkin, Christopher L. Miller, Robert W. Cherny, James L. Gormly, W. Thomas Mainwaring
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Removal of the Eastern Indians

Since the arrival of the first Europeans in the New World, Native Americans faced the threat of removal from the lands they claimed and/or occupied. This 1840 map shows the "final" removal during the presidency of Andrew Jackson. The assumption then was that this move would finally get the Indians out of the white man's path. History would show, however, that the struggles between Native Americans and descendants of European immigrants to the new World were far from over.

Questions to Consider
  1. List the major Indian tribes being moved from their homes to territory in the west not yet occupied by US citizens.

  2. To what modern day states were these Indian tribes being moved?

  3. Why were they being moved?

  4. Identify 3 ways that this move would change the lives of these various Indian tribes.

  5. What long-term effects did this forcible removal have on the Indian population?



Source: Thomas A. Bailey, David M. Kennedy, and Lizabeth Cohen.
The American Pageant, 11th ed. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998), 280.


Related Links

  • Native Web
    Good gateway site on Native Americans.