Trail of Tears

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The Trail of Tears was a concerted effort by the US government (spearheaded by Andrew Jackson) to eradicate native American peoples from lands that they had traditionally held for thousands of years. The people were rounded up and forced to migrate to lands east of teh Mississippi River (in and around Oklahoma). More than 4,000 Native Americans died on the forced march, thus giving this time in history the name, Trail of Tears.