Topic : Andrew Jackson and Indian Removal
We are reading 2 primary sources, one by Andrew Jackson and one by Cherokee.
You will be reading two different perspectives and points of view on Indian Removal.
Read the Cherokee response to the Treaty of Echota September 28, 1836 (Links to an external site.) written by Chief John Ross
Definition: The Treaty of Echota was signed by 100 non-official representatives of the Cherokee tribe. This treaty was considered invalid by most of the Cherokee as their ruling Council did not approve it. The majority (over 15,000) Cherokee opposed this treaty. The treaty ceded all Cherokee territory east of the Mississippi River to the United States in exchange for $5 million and new homeland in Indian territory.
View this map of Indian Removal. (Links to an external site.)The map can be enlarged for better viewing.
After reading the documents and looking at the map respond to the following questions in your post.
- Describe Jackson’s justification and reasoning for Indian removal. Give details.
- Why according to Jackson does removal benefit everyone involved?
- Describe John Ross’ arguments against removal. Discuss his arguments in detail.
- After reading both positions and studying the map, offer your “solution” ? Was there another option in your opinion? Explain using facts to back your position