The Gilded Age: “Go West!” America’s Last Frontier


– Congress ordered removal of all Indians in Southern states to west of the



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1830 – Congress ordered removal of all Indians in Southern states to west of the

  • – 1/3rd of the Cherokee tribe died on their journey westward

  • On the Great Plains, some tribes were those that had been forcibly moved West

    1. Others had lived there for centuries and had developed a definite way of life that revolved around the movement of the

  • “Indian Wars,” 1864-1890

    1. meant people wanted this land

    2. Even if Native Americans had been promised certain lands, they were “Asked” to move again if settlers liked their land

    3. Understandably the Native Americans fought back – violence broke out between natives of the Great Plains and settlers

    4. Federal troops stationed in western forts fought against the Indians

      1. Many were African Americans, also known as “

    5. Indians were at a huge disadvantage




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