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Trail of Tears

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Definition: Movement of Cherokee from Georgia to Oklahoma. Backed by the federal government and President Andrew Jackson's desire, American troops forced hundreds of Cherokee to leave their homes in Georgia and move to the "Indian Territory" of Oklahoma. The Cherokee had been given to permission by the Supreme Court in 1835. However, a small group of Cherokee agreed to a treaty with the United States that allowed for the their removal. In 1838, about 7,000 American troops moved in and began the forced removal. The journey was hard, and many Cherokee suffered or even died. Many cried. That's why this journey is called the "Trail of Tears."

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