Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Trail of Tears
It is from a painting by Robert Lindneux, which depicts the forcible removal
of some thirteen thousand Cherokee alone from their homes in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama by United States Troops, acting on the orders of President Andrew Jackson. The soldiers organized them like cattle into bands of one thousand men, women and children; then the soldiers marched them overland to their new homes in the Indian Territory federal reservations during the winter of 1838-1839. Plagued by disease and lack of food, more than 4,000 died along the way.

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