We are on a roll! Students can now explore the Cherokee Nation virtual field trip on our website as well as on the GPB app. This virtual field trip affords an in-depth look at the lives of the Cherokee Indians, from their first encounters with Europeans to events, such as the Gold Rush and the signing of the Indian Removal Act by Andrew Jackson, that led to their forced relocation to Indian Territory in 1838.


Cherokee Nation addresses SS2G2SS4H3b, and SS8H4 of the Georgia Standards of Excellence for second, fourth, and eighth grade social studies. We recommend that students explore this virtual field trip after they have completed Unit 4 of the Georgia Studies Book: Our State and Our Nation or material referencing the removal of the Cherokees from Georgia.

Additional features include:

  • video footage of interviews with experts who explain the lives of the Cherokee Indians and the historic events leading up to the Trail of Tears


  • biographical information about important Cherokee Indians such as John Ross, Sequoyah, and Major John Ridge


  • interactive maps that illustrate the extent of Indian land prior to European encroachment, and the routes taken by the Cherokees during their relocation to Indian Territory


  • primary documents, including the historic Treaty of New Echota and a letter from John Ross


  • A User Guide complete with discussion questions and extension activities.

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About GPB’s Virtual Field Trip Series

GPB works with knowledgeable and engaging historians and tour guides throughout the state to create virtual field trips of consistently high quality. Each field trip brings the location to life with interviews, 360-degree panoramic photography, interactive elements, discussion prompts, and videos. Teachers will be able help students explore these historic locations by accessing the virtual field trips through the web and tablets. The field trips also align with the Georgia Standards of Excellence for 8th grade social studies, as well as the content from GPB’s Georgia Studies digital textbook.