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Describe the events leading up to and during the Trail of Tears?


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September 12, 2011 3:40PM

European settlers were becoming crowded and less land was available. Native American's were outside the taxing powers of the States and Federal Government. Added to this was not only the raw land value, but the mineral value of gold discovered on native lands.

Andrew Jackson made 'Indian removal' part of his campaign, and promised to remove, subjugate and distribute Indian held lands to the people (for some reason the promise of free lands appealed to people and he was elected). His first real act as President was to push through the "Indian Removal Act" giving himself the power to remove the natives.

I guess you could say that the reasons, and or events, for the Trail of Tears was: Power, corruption, greed, and all those negative aspects of human nature.