Signed into law by Andrew Jackson, au
Congress passes the Indian Removal Act, authorizing President Andrew Jackson to pursue ownership of all Indian lands east of the Mississippi River. Under the act, the Indians will be compensated with new lands drawn from the public domain west of the Mississippi River. During the fall and winter of 1838 and 1839 the Indian dwellers of this land were forcibly moved west by the U.S government. This became known as the trail of tears.