“Trail of Tears”

 

            With the passage of Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act in 1830, the movement of Indians from their lands east of the Mississippi River to undeveloped territories of the “west” had begun.  Between 1838 and 1839 the Cherokee nation was forced, under military escort, to leave their sacred grounds and move to what is now Oklahoma.  It is said that over one-quarter of the fifteen thousand expelled Cherokee Indians died on the marches from exhaustion, exposure, hunger and disease.  The Cherokee people came to call the marching path, the “Trail of Tears” to represent their suffering.

 

The “Trail of Tears” has been turned into one of the National Historic Trails that hikers can travel and visit some of the sites that were part of America’s history.

 

The “Trail of Tears” by Robert Lindneux (1942), is one of the more famous Native American paintings and shows the downtrodden warriors and their families traveling to a new and unfamiliar land.