Indian Removal Act

law signed on May 28, 1830 by President Andrew Jackson

The Indian Removal Act was a law in the United States that was passed in 1830. It was introduced by Hugh White and became a law when President Andrew Jackson signed it. It gave the President the power to force Native American tribes to move to land west of the Mississippi River. Not all American citizens liked the law. Davy Crockett, a Congressman from Tennessee, hated the law.[1] Some tribes signed treaties with the United States and moved; others fought with the government,[2] including the Cherokee Nations, which was forced to march west in 1838. Their trip west is now called the "Trail of Tears".

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  1. "The Trail of Tears - Cherokee Indians forcibly removed from North Georgia". Archived from the original on August 24, 2007. Retrieved April 3, 2010.
  2. "Indian removal". Retrieved April 3, 2010.