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Georgia State Who does the land belong to The purpose of this paper is to determine whom the state of Georgia really belongs to this day and time Since the beginning of the settlement movement Europeans in North America struggled with Native Americans for possession of the land they both coveted they attempted to secure title to the land that they called their own either through official treaties or when these failed by forceful acts As more and more Europeans immigrated to what is now know as Georgia state they began to view the Indians already there as a hindrance to growth Until the nineteenth century the colonial governments and later the United States generally cooperated with many Native American Indians in an effort to avoid full-scale continental war since costly wars would drain vital resources that could otherwise assist in developing the colonies and later states The United States first Indian policy the Indian Trade and Intercourse Act formulated by Secretary of War Henry Knox in 1790 sought to maintain peace with as many native Indians as possible Lee L P 2001 This was especially true in the South as the young nation seemed to be in constant conflict with the Indians in the Ohio River Valley Marcus Burner 2001 President George Washington recognized the Indians natural sovereignty and promised the Native American Indians economic assistance education and protection when he secured passage of the Indian Trade and Intercourse Act It required all purchases of Indian land to be made through treaties between tribal leaders and federal commissioners In April and May 1830 heated debates occurred in Congress over whether to remove the Cherokee Indians from certain sections of Georgia and resettle them further west in what would become Oklahoma But in 1830 a bill was submitted to Congress that would officially change the United States position on Indian relations from education to removal In his first State of
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