While American settlers clamored for more land, native tribes signed more than 40 treaties ceding their lands to the US. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 significantly altered a way of life for eastern Indian tribes. Read the stories of the Trail of Tears through original exhibits by choosing from the list in the left menu bar. Return often.
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Did You Know?
The Cherokee people in the southeastern United States built European-style homes and farmsteads, developed a written language, established a newspaper, and wrote a constitution. But they had no equal protection under the law and could not prevent being removed from their homes on the Trail of Tears.