6. There were actually six tribes that walked the Trail of Tears. One tribe, Chipachawamie, died of famine early on. The tribe was small and only consisted of about 1,000 members. Those that survived were accepted into the Choctaw tribe. For whatever reason, this is largely ignored by history books.
Cherokee Trail of Tears Map.jpg I'm pinning this under "admiration" for the brave men, women and children who lost their lives during this shameful time in American history. As a native Oklahoman, the story of the trail of tears has always deeply touched me.
Many Native Americans purchased Black Americans as slave property, forcing Black people to travel with their owners during the Trail of Tears after Pres. Andrew Jackson rejected a Supreme Court ruling permitting Indians to remain in their ancestral lands and forcibly evicted them to reservations in and around Oklahoma, beginning in 1831. By 1860, the Cherokees owned 4,600 slaves; the Choctaws, 2,344; the Creeks, 1,532; the Chickasaws, 975; and the Seminoles, 500.