DECEMBER 29th IS THE 175th ANNIVERSARY OF THE TREATY SIGNING… WHICH LED TO THE INFAMOUS "TRAIL OF TEARS".
   

THE TREATY, IN WHICH THE CHEROKEE NATION SURRENDERED THEIR LANDS IN GEORGIA AND TENNESSEE, WAS SIGNED AT NEW ECHOTA, NEAR CALHOUN, GEORGIA, ON THIS DATE IN 1835.
   

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGREED TO PAY THE CHEROKEE NATION 5-MILLION DOLLARS FOR THEIR LANDS… GRANTING THEM 7-MILLION ACRES IN OKLAHOMA.  THEY WERE GIVEN TWO YEARS TO LEAVE THE SOUTHEAST AFTER THE TREATY WAS SIGNED.   ABOUT 4,000 CHEROKEES DIED ON THE FORCED-MARCH TO THE WEST.
   

LAFAYETTE’S FORT CUMMING WAS A COLLECTION POINT FOR THE TRAIL OF TEARS.  IT WAS LOCATED NEAR THE "BIG SPRING"… WHICH IS STILL BEING USED BY LAFAYETTE’S WATER DEPARTMENT TODAY.