by Rachel Tinsley, Frederick Douglass Academy VII High School

A National policy to move Indians west of the Mississippi developed after the Louisiana Territory was purchased from the French in 1803. Whites moving onto these lands pressed the U.S. government to do something about the Indian presence. In 1825 the U.S. government formally adopted a removal policy, which was carried out extensively on the 1830s by Presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren. The result was particularly overwhelming for the Indians of the southeastern United States - primarily the Cherokees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminoles - who were forcibly removed hundreds of miles to a new home.

Introduction

 

 
This webquest focuses on the forced removal of the Cherokee from Georgia which became known as the "Trail of Tears."  You will conduct research on the Trail of Tears and create a diary entry for a character whose life was affected by this event.