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Cherokee Indians

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nies in exchanged for traded goods (Trail of Tears). This caused many confrontations among the Cherokees. They saw a common reoccurring trait developing, which led to war to solve the problems.

The Cherokees noticed their lands were decreasing due to treaties formed that minimize their territory. The Indians were clearly not going to stand around and let the Americans trample over them. Dragging Canoe, the war chief of the Cherokee Nation at the time of the Transylvania Treaty of 1775, rose up and said, “Such treaties maybe all right for men who are too old to hunt or fight. As for me, I have my young warriors about me. We will have our lands!” (Smith). Dragging Canoe made clear, the territories belonged to them. He would stand up for the Cherokee Nation and protect their lands. When the American Revolution broke out, a fraction of the Cherokee Nation, soon to be known as Chickamauga, sided with the British in an attempt to stop the Americans from advancing onto Indian land (Conley 36). Dragging Canoe was the leader of the Chickamauga. Throughout the 1780’s and early 1790’s, frontier armies were raised and sent against the Cherokees (King 13). The Cherokees could not hold off any longer. As a result, they lost the war losing more casualties

than Americans did. Unfortunately, with the war favoring the American’s over the Cherokee’s, it set the beginning of American demand for more land.

With Americans victorious, many citizens were moving onto Cherokee land, demanding more and more from the Indians. They wanted to push the Cherokees out of their settlement. As early as 1802, President Thomas Jefferson formed a plan to move all Indians to locations west of the Mississippi River (Conley 36). This plan agitated many settlers. Nonetheless, this plan was ratified by congress. As early as 1802, the state of Georgia signed an agreement with President Thomas Jefferson, known as the Georgia Compact, or the 1802 Compact (Conley 46). Now, i

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