Chowtaw Indians of United States of America and the Irish Refugees

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On March 23, 1847 the Indians of the Choctaw nation took up an amazing collection. They raised $170 for Irish Famine relief – an incredible sum at the time – worth in the tens of thousands of dollars today.

They had an incredible history of enduring deprivation themselves. Forced off their lands in 1831, they embarked on a 500 mile trek to Oklahoma called “The Trail of Tears.” Ironically the man who forced them off their lands was Andrew Jackson, the son of Irish immigrants.

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  1. Andrew Jackson was Scots-Irish so there is really nothing ironic about his treatment of native Americans as the Scots-Irish were the people who colonised the land of the native Irish. If not for the colonisation of Ireland by the Scots-Irish and Anglo-Irish landlord class Ireland would have been an independent nation and would not have suffered the artificial Famine which destroyed the native Irish.

  2. People tend to forget that the Choctaw and Cherokee were also chattel slave holders and at the height between 1830-1866.The Great Slave Revolt of Oklahoma is well documented.
    “The idea of genial and hospitable slave owners can no more be conclusively demonstrated for the Choctaws than for the antebellum South. The participation of Choctaws in the Civil War and formal alliance with the Confederacy was dominantly influenced by the slaveholding and a connection with southern identity, but was also influenced by financial concerns and an inability to remain neutral than a protection of the peculiar institution. “

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