What Year Was the Trail of Tears?


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The Trail of Tears took place towards the start of the 1830s with President Andrew Jackson in office. Almost 125,000 Native Americans were forced, by the United States federal government, to move from Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida and make the long march to new land west of the Mississippi River.

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Most of the Native Americans on the march did not make it to the new land and died along the way due to the unforgiving weather conditions and lack of food or proper rest. Technically, it was against the law for President Jackson to do this, but he ignored the law often throughout his presidency. The Trail of Tears is considered one of the worst atrocities that the U.S. government ever committed.

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