Welcome to the Missouri Trail of Tears Association. We hope you will explore our effort here to share and document what we know of the story of the Trail of Tears. We don’t know the full story, but we hope you will join us as we learn as much as possible about this dark time in our Nation and State’s history.
An Act of Congress
In 1830, Congress passed the Indian Removal Act, which required the various Indian tribes in today’s southeastern United States to give up their lands. This was in exchange for a promise of federal territory which was located west of the Mississippi River. Most Indians fiercely resisted this policy. But as the 1830s wore on, most of the major tribes – the Choctaws, Muscogee Creeks, Seminoles, and Chickasaws – agreed to be relocated to Indian Territory (in present-day Oklahoma).
This website, the Home of the Missouri Trail of Tears Association. This site represents a collaboration of many individuals and organizations. We believe it is important to increase awareness. To document these events. And to share all of our resources and discoveries about the Trail of Tears in the State of Missouri. No single site can claim to be authoritative, nor speak for the people involved. The goal of this effort is to share the information we have collected. Let us never forget these events. We hope others might benefit from our work. – Dr. William Ambrose, Jefferson City, Missouri, 2022
Follow These Links to Learn More
The Blog is where we post updates about our efforts.
The Library is where we host our monographs, thousands of curated documents, and digital maps.
The Resources page has links to interactive maps, videos, and many other curated resources.
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If you have any suggestions, comments, or critiques please email them to Chris.Dunn@GeoVelo.com