The Tragic History Behind One Of Missouri’s Most Beautiful State Parks Will Never Be Forgotten
The Trail of Tears State Park in Jackson, sits on the location where trail crossed the river and now commemorates those who lost their lives and suffered because of the Cherokee Removal. In 1830, President Andrew Jackson passed the Indian Removal Act which forced Cherokee tribes who lived east of the Mississippi River to relocate. Missouri, specifically Cape Girardeau County, was one of the most perilous stops along the Trail of Tears as many lost their lives attempting to cross the Mississippi. More than 16,000 Cherokee people were forced from their homes and it is estimated that nearly 4,000 lost their lives on the Trail of Tears from Tennessee to Oklahoma.
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Liz is a Missouri native with a B.A. in English from Mizzou and a M.A. in Non-Profit Administration from Lindenwood University. She works for a STL metro-area community college and enjoys writing, traveling, and indoor cycling. Her true passion is forcing her encyclopedic knowledge of Missouri facts on uninterested strangers from across the globe!
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