Cherokee Assimilation and Resistance in the United States The Cherokee Nation, situated in what would become the southeastern part of the United States, had a long and tenuous relationship with the European settlers who came to North America over the course of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. Living for centuries in what would eventually become the areas of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, the Cherokee nation was a well-established, harmony-seeking people amongst many other Native American nations in North America when settlers from Europe began to encroach during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Between the years of 1700 and 1830, the Cherokees fought a back and forth battle with...The end:
.....ican culture and removal of the Cherokees from their remaining lands (Perdue and Green 15-19). In 1830 the Indian Removal Act was ratified and signed by the President, forcing the 16,000 Cherokee nation members to move from present-day Georgia to present-day Oklahoma, which at the time was not an established U.S. state (Perdue and Green 19-24). The route the Cherokees took to uproot themselves and move their lives in the late 1830s came to be called the Trail of Tears to commemorate the cultural and physical pain the nation felt as they were forced from their native home. Bibliography Perdue, Theda and Michael D. Green. The Cherokee Removal: A Brief History with Documents, 2nd Edition. Boston and New York: Bedford/ St. Martin’s Press, 2005.