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It give me pleasure to announce...that the...removal of the approaching to a happy end...We could not wish to see this continent restored to the conditions in which it was found by our forefathers.What good man would prefer a country covered with forests and wandered by a few thousand savages to our extensive Republic,studded with cities,town, and prosperous farms..
- Andrew Jackson,
Message to Congress,1830

The Cherokees were happy and prosperous under... the governmnet of the United States, and from the helping hand extended over them,they made rapid advances in civilization,morals and in the arts and sciences.Little did they anticipate,that when taught to think and feel as the American citizen,and to have with him a common interest,they were...forced to return to the savge life,and to seek a new home in the wilds of the far west, and that without their consent....
- excerpt from Memorial and Protest of the Cherokee Nation,1836

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