What impact did the Georgia Gold Rush have on the removal of the Cherokees?

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The Georgia Gold Rush had an impact on the removal of the Cherokee in that it made that removal more likely.  It made white people want the Cherokees’ land more and therefore put more pressure on the government to remove them.

The basic reason why the Cherokee were removed was that the white settlers wanted their land.  White settlers had been moving onto and taking Cherokee land ever since colonial times.  As time went by, there were more white settlers and they demanded more of the land.  They did not think that the Indians were racially equal to them and so they did not want to share the land with the Cherokee even when the Cherokee became “civilized.”  The whites’ desire for land caused them to want the Cherokee moved.

The Georgia Gold Rush made the whites want the Cherokees’ land even more.  If there was gold on the land it was, obviously, even more valuable and desirable.  Since the whites wanted the land even more than they had before, they put even more pressure on the government to remove the Cherokee.  In this way, the Gold Rush helped to cause the removal of the Cherokee.

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