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Cherokee Population Losses during the Trail of Tears: A New Perspective and a New Estimate

Russell Thornton
Ethnohistory
Vol. 31, No. 4 (Autumn, 1984), pp. 289-300
Published by: Duke University Press
DOI: 10.2307/482714
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/482714
Page Count: 12
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Cherokee Population Losses during the Trail of Tears: A New Perspective and a New Estimate
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Abstract

The relocation of the Cherokee Indians from southeastern United States to Indian Territory during the 1830s is examined. A new perspective on what constitutes their population losses during relocation is offered, one covering the whole period and one considering what population size would have been had not the removal occurred. Total Cherokee population losses are then estimated using projections of 19th century Cherokee population trends. Results indicate these losses were very substantial; in fact, the number of deaths may have been twice the generally accepted figure of 4,000.

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