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.

Teacher Introduction

This WebQuest is a multidisciplinary lesson designed for grades 9-12 students of U. S. History. It can also be used for grades 6-8 Social Studies class with slight modification of objectives and report requirements.