Treaty of Doak's Stand


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"Today we visit an exhibit along the Natchez Trace Parkway called Upper Choctaw Boundary.

"In October of 1820, Andrew Jackson, who nine years later would become the 7th President of the United States, met with leaders of the Choctaw Indian Nation, notably the Indian chief Pushmataha. The meeting took place at a tavern established in 1812 by William Doak. Andrew Jackson was asking the Choctaw to give up all of their tribal lands in exchange for land west of the Mississippi River. The Indians didn't like the prospect of leaving their homeland and after several days of argument, Jackson lost his temper and threatened the extinction of the Choctaw Indians or their forced removal to lands in the west if they didn't give up their land willingly. Reluctantly the Choctaw surrendered one third of their land and signed the Treaty of Doak's Stand on October 20th of 1820. Ten years later they were forced to give up all of their lands.

"At the exhibit along the Trace called THE UPPER CHOCTAW BOUNDARY, you can see a line of trees that mark the boundary formed by the Treaty of Doak's Stand.

"Join us next time for a look at the Yockanookany River. For Natchez Trace a road through the wilderness, I'm Frank Thomas."

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