Between 1838 and 1839, over 15,000 Cherokee people were forced to march over 800 miles. The Cherokee's dangerous route began in the Appalachian mountains and ended in Oklahoma. Over 4,000 Cherokee people died of starvation, disease and other conflicts along the way. In time, over 20,000 Cherokee, and over 70,000 other Native Americans, walked this route, known as The Trail of Tears. Today, many Cherokee still live in Oklahoma instead of their original tribal home.
Map: Trail of Tears National History Trail courtesy of the U.S. National Park Service.
- 4.3 Demonstrate an understanding of the expansion and growth of South Carolina and the United States between 18001850.
- 8.3 Demonstrate an understanding of conflict and compromise in South Carolina, the Southern region, and the United States as a result of sectionalism between the period 18161865.