Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Trail of Tears

Before it became Chattanooga, the area was known as Ross’s Landing.   1838 marks the beginning of the Cherokee episode for the “Trail of Tears” and one of the starting points was Ross’s Landing.  In the 1830’s and even back to Jefferson, the United States put into effect the removal of all Indians east of the Mississippi River to lands west, primarily in Oklahoma Territory.   In the Southeast, Cherokees were forcibly rounded up and moved west.  Thousands died along the Trail of Tears.

Chattanooga remembers that heritage throughout the downtown riverfront area.  Plaques record the history, and the impressive stairway under Riverfront Parkway gives examples for Cherokee mythology and life.

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