1838 - Cherokee Trail of Tears

The 'Trail of Tears' endured by the Cherokee when they were 'removed' to the Indian Territory of Oklahoma, would be repeated by dozens of southern tribes between 1832 - 1844.

         Sixteen thousand Cherokee walk to Indian Territory in Oklahoma from their homelands in Georgia.  The journey, undertaken in winter, saw thousands die, and will become known as the Trail of Tears.  (For more, see: 1829 - Indian Removal gathers momentum.)  While the Cherokee Trail of Tears received the most notoriety for the arduous conditions and the numbers who perished, in fact, dozens of other tribes would endure their own trails of tears to new homelands.

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