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Topic : Andrew Jackson and Indian Removal

Read this excerpt from Andrew Jackson’s Second Annual Address to Congress, December 6, 1830 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Read the Cherokee response to the Treaty of Echota September 28, 1836 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. written by Chief John Ross

Definition: The Treaty of Echota was signed by 100 non-official representatives of the Cherokee tribe. This treaty was considered invalid by most of the Cherokee as their ruling Council did not approve it. The majority (over 15,000) Cherokee opposed this treaty. The treaty ceded all Cherokee territory east of the Mississippi River to the United States in exchange for $5 million and new homeland in Indian territory.

View this map of Indian Removal. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.The map can be enlarged for better viewing.

After reading the documents and looking at the map respond to the following questions in your post.

1) Describe Jackson’s justification and reasoning for Indian removal.
2) Why according to Jackson does removal benefit everyone involved?
3) Describe John Ross’ arguments against removal
4) After reading both positions and studying the map, offer your “solution” ? Was there another option in your opinion? Explain using facts to back your position.

 
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