Jackson Address on Indian Removal

It has been divided into districts and allotted among

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assigned for their permanent residence. It has been divided into districts and allotted among  them. Many have already removed and others are preparing to go, and with the exception of two  small bands living in Ohio and Indiana, not exceeding 1,500 persons, and of the Cherokees, all  the tribes on the east side of the Mississippi, and extending from Lake Michigan to Florida, have  entered into engagements which will lead to their transplantation. The plan for their removal and reestablishment is founded upon the knowledge we have gained of  their character and habits, and has been dictated by a spirit of enlarged liberality. A territory  exceeding in extent that relinquished has been granted to each tribe. Of its climate, fertility, and  capacity to support an Indian population the representations are highly favorable. To these  districts the Indians are removed at the expense of the United States, and with certain supplies of  clothing, arms, ammunition, and other indispensable articles; they are also furnished gratuitously  with provisions for the period of a year after their arrival at their new homes. In that time, from the  nature of the country and of the products raised by them, they can subsist themselves by  agricultural labor, if they choose to resort to that mode of life; if they do not they are upon the  skirts of the great prairies, where countless herds of buffalo roam, and a short time suffices to 
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