Indian removal act; looking back, creative writing.
In 1830 Indian removal act was passed by the administration of President Andrew Jackson. Now, looking back to that event, I can openly say that the Indian removal act of 1830 was the worst thing that this country has ever succeeded in. The removal of the Indians was ugly, but the government tried to make themselves look good while doing it.
President Jackson and his administration used unethical methods, while dealing with Indians. About 500 Cherokee Indians, who were not the chiefs nor had they any actual power signed the treaty, which sold all of their lands for just five million dollars plus an entitlement of seven million acres out west, for the entire Cherokee nation. When a petition was quickly organized among the Cherokees, 16,000 Indians gave they signature against the treaty. President Jackson just ignored it, because the voices of those 500 were more suitable to him, than the cries of those 16,000.
In essence, President Jackson did everything to remove the Indians and used both unethical and undemocratical ways to achieve that goal. A treaty, which was signed with the Creeks was broken, the government did nothing to protect them from white settlers, who cheated the Creeks of their land. And because the Creeks were forced to steal, Secretary of War ordered the removal of the Creeks as a military requirement. Similar situation was with the Chickasaws. The tribe signed a treaty, that would protect them until they moved, but the War Department backed down on its promise. US government didn’t hold their end of the deal, but expected the Indians to do so.
We all know about the current removal of the Cherokee nation. I don’t know how far they have reached, but seeing them leave, I was left astonished. The tribe, about 16,000 people, moved barefoot, including children and elders. They were basically robbed of their land and now, they are forced to travel hundreds of miles in inhumane conditions.
And now, seven years after signing the Indian removal act, President Jackson and his administration has removed 46,000 Native American people from their land east of the Mississippi. About 25 million acres of Indian land is now populated by cotton growers and other white settlers, who light heartedly cultivate the land, without knowing what heartbreak it had caused for numerous Indian tribes.