Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, was born in the Waxhaw area near the border between North and South Carolina on March 15, 1767. During his presidency US Congress passed the Indian Removal Act which Andrew Jackson signed into law. Before the law was passed, the earliest conflict with the Native American tribes occurred frequently in the 1790's for the British colonies. In 1794 the Native Americans were defeated by a large army at the Battle of Fallen Timbers, leaving their villages and crops completely destroyed. They had been forced to sign the Treaty of Greensville where white settlers quickly took over their territory. The Native Americans or "Indians" were made of the Five Civilized Tribes drawn in the removal. The strongest Indian nations were the Cherokee of Georgia to what was called Indian Territory, followed by the Chickasaws, Choctaws, Creeks, and the Seminoles. Most of the Indians were weakened by the diseases brought from the white settlers while others had been forced to sell their lands in exchange for trinkets such as ornaments or jewelry. At this point of the War the Indians began to feel relentless and had increased a strong surge for nationalism by fight back their white settlers making the relocation more difficult and bloodshed. When the War ended the United States government wanted to make improvements at home, but with the Indian removal taking place, it seemed as if was always a constant debate. Thomas Jefferson was against the removal and believed the Indian were civilized people and should be allowed to live in the United States. It was a back and forth argument and as the years passed it seemed clear that the white settlers will stop at nothing to have all the Indians removed regardless if they are civilized or not. It was at this time when President Andrew Jackson was part responsible for the notorious Indian Removal Act of 1830. Land greed was the biggest reason for f…

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