Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Major Ridge

Major Ridge was a Cherokee leader who fought alongside Andrew Jackson in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and was allied with him during the Creek and Seminole Wars. He was a signer of the Treaty of New Echota, which relinquished all Cherokee rights to land east of the Mississippi River and led to the Trail of Tears. Cherokee leaders opposed to the treaty executed Major Ridge on June 22, 1839.