A historical look at the Choctaw removal from their lands during the winter and spring of 1831. In signing the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, the Choctaws ceded about 11 million acres of the Choctaw Nation (now Mississippi) in exchange for about 15 million acres in the Indian territory (now the state of Oklahoma).
The forcible move became known as The Trail of Tears. The phrase originated from a description of the removal of the Choctaw Nation in 1831. Many Native Americans suffered from exposure, disease, and starvation while en route to their destinations, and many died.
Last Updated 28 Jun 2018