Primary Source: The Indian Removal Act of 1830


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Why does the Indian Removal Act of 1830 only remove native tribes to land on the western side of the Mississippi?

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1. The suggestion that new lands west of the Mississippi be described by natural or artificial landmarks suggests what?

2. Why would the federal government be bound to states in order to ''extinguish Indian claims,'' rather than leaving it to states to do so themselves?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What do you know about the Indian Removal Act of 1830? Find out with this quiz/worksheet combo by answering questions on points like the reason the act only removed native tribes to the west of the Mississippi and the implication associated with new lands in that region being defined by natural or artificial landmarks.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These areas will be explored on the quiz:

  • Reason the federal government was bound to the states to 'extinguish Indian claims'
  • One indication in the Removal Act that it was going to be a longterm expansion
  • Main reason why the federal government rarely intervened in the conflicts between native tribes

Skills Practiced

  • Reading compehension - make sure you know the most important information from the lesson on the Indian Removal Act of 1830, including the suggestion from the landmarks west of the Mississippi that were to be defined by natural or artificial landmarks
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the reason the federal government was responsible to 'extinguish Indian claims' and the long-term expansion that was implied from the Indian Removal Act
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the removal of native tribes to the west of the Mississippi

Additional Learning

Keep learning about U.S. history and westward expansion in the accompanying lesson titled Primary Source: The Indian Removal Act of 1830. Here are some of the main points you'll be covering:

  • Early conflicts between European settlers and Native Americans
  • Areas of the U.S. where natives were removed
  • Stipulations stated in the Removal Act