Site Map

Trail Map:

Welcome to the Trail Map for the Missouri Chapter of the National Trail of Tears Association.

This is not a site map.  It is an overlay of a road plat from the 1820s in a modern GIS.
This image is not a trail map. It is an overlay of a road plat from the 1820s in a modern GIS.

More maps are in the works!

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 in exchange for 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 represents a collaboration of many individuals who believe it is important to increase awareness, document the events, and share resources about the people who experienced the Trail of Tears within the State of Missouri. No one site cis authoritative, nor can it speak for the people involved. The goal of this effort is to share the information as we collect it so these events may never be forgotten. We also want others might benefit from our work. – Dr. William Ambrose, Jefferson City, Missouri, 2022

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