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Originally Posted by Ataturk View Post

The Indians Jackson removed weren't "conned" out of anything. They were paid handsomely for land they didn't have the ability (or the population) to actually use -- and certainly land they couldn't possibly have held militarily. If we'd wanted to steal it from them, we could have easily. But we didn't; we paid them for it -- land, plus millions and millions of dollars (which was a lot of money back then). If anyone conned them, it was their own leaders.

Plus, the individual Indians themselves were given guns, plows, blankets, cooking gear, etc., to help them start their new lives in the West. Compared to many 20th century "ethnic cleansings," it had to be one of gentlest, most humane on record.
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Edited by Joffrey - 4/24/16 at 5:16pm
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