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Remnants of Trail of Tears fort uncovered in Tennessee

The remnants of one of the 29 forts along the Trail of Tears has been uncovered in Tennessee.

It has been more than 170 years since the dark days of the Cherokees’ forced removal from their lands in Tennessee, Georgia and the Carolinas.

Twenty-nine forts were used by the U.S. government to gather and temporarily house the migrating Cherokee, along with their families and slaves.

Cities with names like Hayesville and Murphy in North Carolina, Calhoun in Georgia, Charleston in Tennessee, and Fort Payne in Alabama have been built over most of these sites, so most of the physical fortifications have disappeared.

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