An Example Of Major Ridge: A Hero

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Major Ridge Throughout the course of history we have come across people who’ve had an impact on the type of lives we live today, some important historical figures that have been remembered till this day and others who have been forgotten. Nonetheless, these people have altered our history, and their future. One example of these historical figures is Major Ridge. Major Ridge was seen as a Hero because of his heroic leadership such as in The Battle of Horseshoe Bend, but unlike any imperfect human in the world he had his bad moments such as, his betrayal to his people which lead to the Trail of Tears. Major Ridge was conceived in 1771 in Great Hiwassee near the Hiwassee river which is present day Tennessee. Growing up in a cherokee society, …show more content…

For example, in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend is lionhearted behavior is what led him to receive his title as “Major” which he adopted as his first name. He fought alongside of Andrew Jackson against the Creeks, which they won and acquired Georgia and Alabama because the creeks had surrendered. In addition, Ridge took responsibility in his own hands rather than waiting on specific guidelines from others. Major Ridge also took pride in being an American soldier, he was a role model to others due to his patriotism. Having someone as passionate and determined towards our country as Major Ridge was seen as a honor till this day. Ridge was known to do what was best for the Cherokee tribe, he put others first before himself. Furthermore, Major Ridge was admired by many of the cherokee tribes and political leaders such as Andrew Jackson. It was not until Ridge signed the Treaty of New Echota, when the perception of him began to …show more content…

After signing the Treaty of New Echota, people saw it as a sign of betrayal against his own kind since it lead to the Trail of Tears. The Treaty of New Echota provided the legal base for the Trail of Tears, which was the removal of the cherokee nation from Georgia. Major Ridge, and the Cherokee chief John Ross and other cherokee leaders were responsible for the removal of cherokee tribes in exchange for money. They were persuaded with money since at the time, gold was found in California which resulted in white prospectors flooding the reason which put more pressure on the Indian removal Act. Many saw this as a betrayal since over 4,000 people lost their lives on the Trail of Tears, one of the most tragic events during that era. In addition, “The people who suffered on the Trail of Tears were the thousands of uncelebrated Cherokee farmers, who had left behind small cabins and few possessions, were those who trudged the almost 900 miles in icy rain”. Many of the successful politicians and congress did not have to worry about being forced out of their homes only those who weren't financially stable. Many people from the Cherokee nation died of hunger, thirst, and weariness. It was said that those who weren’t able to keep up had to be moved alongside the road where they were killed. It was a historical tragedy for the Cherokee nations, especially since one of their

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