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Cherokee Original Swag Geocoin Cherokee Trail-of-Tears Geocoin

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Thursday, 24 June 2010
Tennessee, United States
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In the hands of Skeeter and Ridgerunner.

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To visit interesting Trail of Tears historic sites from North Carolina to Oklahoma.

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Plaque near GC23EDN

From Wikipedia:

The Trail of Tears refers to the forced relocation of the five civilized nations during the mid-1800's.

Between 1836 to 1839, thousands of members of the Cherokee Nation were forcibly evicted from their lands in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and North Carolina and forced to relocate to the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) in the Western United States, resulting in the deaths of approximately 4,000 Cherokees.

In the Cherokee language, the event is called Nu na da ul tsun yi (the place where they cried), another term is Tlo va sa (our removal). However, this phrase was not used by Cherokees at the time, and seems to be of Choctaw origin. The Cherokees were not the only American Indians to emigrate as a result of the Indian Removal efforts. American Indians were not only removed from the American South but also from the North, Midwest, Southwest, and Plains regions. The Choctaws, Chickasaws, and Creek Indians (Muskogee) emigrated reluctantly.

The Seminoles in Florida resisted removal by guerrilla warfare with the United States Army for decades (1817–1850). Ultimately, some Seminoles remained in their Florida home country, while others were transported to Indian Territory in shackles. In contrast, the Cherokees resisted removal by hiring lawyers. They won their case before the U.S. Supreme Court (Worcester v. State of Georgia), but were forced to emigrate anyway.

In the fall of 1835, a census was taken by civilian officials of the US War Department to enumerate Cherokees residing in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, with a count of 16,542 Cherokees, 201 inter-married whites, and 1592 slaves (total: 18,335 people). In October of that year Principal John Ross and an Eastern visitor, John Howard Payne were kidnapped from Ross' Tennessee home by a renegade group of the Georgia militia. Released, Ross and a delegation of tribal leaders traveled to Washington, DC to protest this high-handed action, and to lobby against the removal policy of President Andrew Jackson. In this power vacuum, U.S. Agent John F. Schermerhorn gathered a group of dissident Cherokees in the home of Elias Boudinot at the tribal capitol, New Echota, Georgia. There on December 29, 1835, this rump group signed the unauthorized Treaty of New Echota, which exchanged Cherokee land in the East for lands west of the Mississippi River in Indian Territory. This agreement was never accepted by the elected tribal leadership or a majority of the Cherokee people. In February, 1836 two Councils convened at Red Clay, Tennessee and at Valley Town, North Carolina (now Murphy, NC) and produced two lists totaling some 13,000 names written in the Sequoyah writing script of Cherokees opposed to the Treaty. The lists were dispatched to Washington, DC and presented by Chief Ross to Congress. Nevertheless, a slightly modified version of the Treaty, was ratified by the U.S. Senate by a single vote on May 23, 1836, and signed into law by President Andrew Jackson. The Treaty provided a grace period until May 1838 for the tribe to voluntarily remove themselves to Indian Territory.

--Source: Wikipedia

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Retrieve It from a Cache 09/10/2013 Skeeter and Ridgerunner retrieved it from Big Blue View Oregon   Visit Log

Will take to Idaho and place in one of our caches. .

Dropped Off 08/03/2013 sarahannf. placed it in Big Blue View Oregon - 43.89 miles  Visit Log

Dropped in Big Blue View

Grab It (Not from a Cache) 07/20/2013 sarahannf. grabbed it   Visit Log

Grabbed from cache and pray. Ashland, Oregon

Discovered It 07/15/2013 nateshinn discovered it   Visit Log

Saw it while performing some cache maintenance. Thanks!

Dropped Off 07/08/2013 Golden Ace placed it in Cache & Pray Oregon - 18.86 miles  Visit Log
Discovered It 07/06/2013 daveydude discovered it   Visit Log

Checked this cool coin out today; thanks for sharing!

Retrieve It from a Cache 07/05/2013 Golden Ace retrieved it from CPP Oregon   Visit Log

Thanks for sharing this very nice coin. I'll move it along soon.

Dropped Off 06/17/2013 Chickadee Girl placed it in CPP Oregon - 1.08 miles  Visit Log
  • Moving in, CPP Cache, June 2013 Medford's east skyline: Coker Butte with Roxy Ann Peak in the background.
Visited 06/17/2013 Chickadee Girl took it to FRONTAGE ROAD HIDEY HOLE Oregon - 2,403.04 miles  Visit Log
  • Visiting FRONTAGE ROAD, June 2013 On the Highway to Crater Lake National Park, SW Oregon.
Retrieve It from a Cache 06/17/2013 Chickadee Girl retrieved it from LOCK,STOCK & BARREL Oregon   Visit Log

Time to move again.

  • Leaving LOCK, STOCK & BARREL, June 2013
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