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
The relocation of the Cherokee Indians from southeastern United States to Indian
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substantial; in fact, the number of deaths may have been twice the generally
accepted figure of 4,000.

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  • Russell Thornton

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