Westward Expansion and Regional Differences

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Westward Expansion and Regional Differences Nation, slavery grow in new frontier In the 1820s, President Monroe's secretary of war, John C. Calhoun, pursued a policy of  removing the remaining tribes from the old Southwest and resettling them beyond the  Mississippi. Jackson continued this policy as president. In 1830 Congress passed the  Indian Removal Act, providing funds to transport the eastern tribes beyond the  Mississippi. In 1834 a special Native-American territory was set up in what is now  Oklahoma. In all, the tribes signed 94 treaties during Jackson's two terms, ceding  millions of hectares to the federal government and removing dozens of tribes from their 
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Unformatted text preview: ancestral homelands. The most terrible chapter in this unhappy history concerned the Cherokees, whose lands in western North Carolina and Georgia had been guaranteed by treaty since 1791. Among the most progressive of the eastern tribes, the Cherokees nevertheless were sure to be displaced when gold was discovered on their land in 1829. Forced to make a long and cruel trek to Oklahoma in 1838, the tribe lost many of its numbers from disease and privation on what became known as the "Trail of Tears."...
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This note was uploaded on 12/21/2011 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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