The Trail of TearsIn 1830 the U.S. Congress passed the Indian Removal Act which led to the forced removal of eastern tribes to "Indian Territory" west of the Mississippi (later the state of Oklahoma). In the autumn of 1838, sixteen separate groups of Cherokee, about 16,000 people, began the 1,000 mile overland journey to the west. The loss of life on the trail was high; nearly 4,000 died on the way. Fifteen of the groups crossed the Mississippi north of Cape Girardeau. Residents of the area were reported to have provided baskets of food for the Cherokee caught up in this tragic event.
|Placed By||Mississippi River Tales River Heritage Mural Association Cape Giradeau Missiour Where the river turns a thousand tales|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 276870 N 4131707|
|Decimal Degrees||37.30525000, -89.51763333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 18.315', W 89° 31.058'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 18' 18.9" N, 89° 31' 3.48" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 100-198 N Water St, Cape Girardeau MO 63701, US|
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