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Various authors, who obtained firsthand information concerning the removal of the Cherokees from North Carolina, describe it as exceeding in grief and pathos any other passage in American history.
Dean recounts the removal of the Cherokee Indians from their homelands in western North Carolina and other states, which took place between October 1838 and March 1839. Many white settlers sought to prevent the removal, but ultimately, the demand for new settlement lands and the discovery of gold on Cherokee land overwhelmed their protests. Thousands of Cherokees died on the winter march to Oklahoma.
In 1820, more than 7,000 Cherokee Indians lived in the North Carolina Mountains. In 1838, most of the Cherokee in the southeastern United States were rounded up by the United States government and removed to Oklahoma, and Duncan describes what their life was like before it was disrupted.
He was a great Cherokee chief, and refused to obey the mandates of the white people to leave Western North Carolina. It was only to save his own tribe that he finally surrendered.