trail of tears

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the path that the Cherokees west of the Mississippi River. The journey was extremely long, cold, and difficult, and about 4000 Cherokees died. Forced migration of the Cherokee Indians in 1838-39. In 1835, when gold was discovered on Cherokee land in Georgia, a small minority of Cherokee ceded all tribal land east of the Mississippi for $5 million. The U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the deal, but the ruling was ignored by state officials and Pres. Andrew Jackson refused to enforce it. The subsequent eviction and 116-day forced march of thousands of Cherokee to Oklahoma was badly mismanaged, and inadequate food supply, frigid weather, and the cruelty of escorting troops led to the death of about 4,000 Cherokee
path taken in 1838 by 17000 Cherokee Indians after being forcibly relocated from their homes in the Southeast to designated lands in Oklahoma (U.S. History)
trail of tears

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    /ˈtrāl əv ˈterz/ /ˈtreɪl əv ˈtɛrz/


    [ 'trA(&)l ] (verb.) 14th century. Middle English, from Middle French trailler to tow, from Vulgar Latin tragulare, from Latin tragula sledge, dragnet; akin to Latin trahere to pull.

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