Indian removal act
So he Cherokees were rarely living in peace in their lands, Ridge who was one of the native sons and warriors, fought desperately to preserve his land. All though he and his people were unsuccessful, they never gave up; they fought until they were forcefully executed from their land. Ridge knew his lands were never going to be at peace, so he sent his son, John Ridge, to college to be educated, hoping that later in the future he can build a strong Cherokee nation and keep anyone who was going to interfere with their land, out.John Ridge was consider to be a “brilliant” man, but being educated, cultured, sophisticated just was not enough to keep his land preserved. As soon as the Americans discovered that the Cherokee lands were filled with gold, it immediately attracted white prospectors to cross into their land.
The Cherokee nation was never to be the same, at that time Andrew Jackson was running for president; he was all for the people, he gave his word that he would do as the people pleased, so he was elected president.He quickly created the Indian Removal Bill, New England senators doted an eleven to one vote against the Bill, later it was passed and the Cherokees were given a time of two years to leave their land. There were no alternatives to the policy of the Indian Removal, when the discovery of gold was found, it was set, the Americans were going to do everything and anything possible to kick the Cherokee out of their lands, and were never going to look back after.John Ross who was also a young educated Cherokee descendant (he was an eighth Cherokee), fought alongside with John Ridge wrought the time of the Indian Removal. Ross created a democratic Constitution for the Cherokee; the Constitution consisted of a legislative, executive, and judicial branch. Now even with the creation off Constitution, it still wasn’t enough to save their lands. Jackson was never going to change his mind about the Indian Removal, no matter what Ridge and Ross did or came up with; they were going to be executed from their land period.
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“Light a fire under them, they’ll move. Jackson, the only United States president who openly defied Supreme Court order (36:00), was clearly motivated to fulfill his country’s desire of expansion towards the Cherokee lands. In May of 1838, American soldiers executed all the Cherokees out of their homes, only to leave everything they had ever worked for behind, all they had left, was what they were wearing at the time of the execution. They were moved to the west of the Mississippi, this was known as the “Trail of Tears”. Soon later, Ridge and his son were murdered by the Cherokee people; it was an act out of revenge.The Cherokees felt betrayed by the Ridge’s, so they reacted by killing them. In conclusion, no matter what the Cherokees did, they were going to lose their land regardless.
So there were no alternatives to the policy of the Indian Removal, the Americans saw what they wanted, and took it. Although the Cherokees were unsuccessful in the end, they never gave up hope; the Trail of Tears has been one of America’s worst historical events, an event that has kept Americans blinded of seeing their history of their actions being acted upon other cultures.