Was It The Gold Rush Or Greed?


WasIt The Gold Rush Or Greed?


WasIt The Gold Rush Or Greed?

AccordingtoPerdue &amp Green, (2007) beforethe coming of the Europeans to the American land, there existed overten million aboriginal Americans. After about over 300 years, therewere less than 10% of the Native Americans as majority had eitherbeen displaced by the Europeans, others died of hunger, diseases andtribal war(Perdue &amp Green, 2007).One of the darkest periods of the Native Americans was during theforced migration to Oklahoma territory west of river Mississippi inthe early 1880s.

Thesisstatement: Could there have existed a forced migration of theCherokee’s to the west had there been no gold discovered in theircradle land?

Evenbefore the discovery of gold, there were heated discussions acrossthe political arena over the need to relocate the Cherokees and havetheir land occupied by the Europeans(Johnson, 2012).This was a claim supported by several politicians, the kind ofJefferson and latter executed and accelerated by President AndrewJackson upon ascending into power. This was basically a case of greedand power ceding over justice and human rights, values upon which theconstitution of America was written upon. The white settlers with theintention of civilizing the Native Americans and introducing theircrop farming culture had a great desire to expand their territoriesand create more land for cotton production (Perdue&amp Green, 2007).This led to majority of them pushing the federal government intosigning illegal treaties that would later alienate the Cherokees fromtheir original homeland.

Effortsto intervene by the Cherokee national council through its leadershipand guidance of the likes of Major John Ridge and Chief John Ross didnot yield any fruits (Perdue&amp Green, 2007).The discovery of gold only accelerated the removal of the Cherokeefrom their land, to pave way for its extraction. Although the processhad started being implemented and would still have been fullyexecuted even without the gold discovery.


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Perdue,T., &amp Green, M. D. (2007).&nbspTheCherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears.Penguin.