Forlorn Hope by Ron Mitchell

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Original illusion drawing:   The journey of the “Forlorn Hope” began when the Indian Removal Act was signed into law by President Andrew Jackson on May 28, 1830, authorizing the president to grant unsettled lands west of the Mississippi in exchange for Indian lands within existing state borders.

The New Echota Treaty of May 1836 fixed the time after which Cherokee Indians who refused to leave their land in Alabama and Georgia voluntarily, would be removed by force.

In 1838 the War Department issued orders for General Winfield Scott to removed the remaining Cherokees to the Indian Territory (Oklahoma). Approximately 4,000 Cherokees died on this journey of the forlorn hope, which today is known as the "Trail of Tears."