For the Cherokee people the Cherokee Rose was a special symbol given in answer to their prayers to give them hope and strength through a terrible ordeal. This work briefly looks at the terrible circumstances that caused most of the Cherokee and other people to be forcibly uprooted and moved to a new home many miles away. It also tells a version of the legend of how a wild flower became a symbol of hope for the Cherokee people and a sign that they were not forgotten.
One of their chief’s described it as a “trail of tears and death” and thereafter the forced journey became known as the Trail of Tears.By 1928 the discovery of gold in Georgia put pressure on the government by settlers and prospectors and they forced the Cherokees and the other peoples to move to the allotted Indian Territories west of the Mississippi River which became Oklahoma. Many Cherokees and other Native Americans died on that enforced march that began in 1834. It was estimated that of about 16,543 Cherokees who took part up to 6,000 died on the journey. Read more