How the Trail of Tears Affected the Culture and Government of the United States

Trail of Tears Map

As Manifest Destiny became a very largly accepted value in most Americans, the need to move westward became stronger and stronger. However, since that land was already occupied by the thousands of Indians, Americans were reluctant to move to those areas. 

The extremely unfair legislature that the United States government put out during this time, has become a significant symbol of the callousness that the American government can show. Although the steps leading to the removal were quite complicated, the result is still very rough. One of the arguments used for convincing the Indians was to preserve their tribes. If American settlers had come to their areas, they may have erased native culture as we know it and replaced it with their own. 

The move of the Native Indians was meant to encourage the white settlers to move to the west, and that is just what it did. The population in Mississipi, the area where the bulk of Indians were removed, went from 136,621 in 1830 to 375,651 in 1840 and kept climbing through the 19th century. Before this time, the population was going up pretty steadily, then it really takes off afte 1940, reaching 606,526 people in 1950. 

How the Trail of Tears Affected the Culture and Government of the United States