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In this small Park is a Burr Oak and a marker enclosed by a fence. The marker states that in 1819, a branch of the Cherokee Nation migrated from Arkansas to settle in the country of the Three Forks of the Trinity River (which is now Dallas). They were to leave 3 yrs later after coming under attack by other native people for East Texas where they were protected by the Republic of Mexico. Sam Houston's policy to protect the settled Indians in Texas was reversed in 1839. The Texas Cavalry was sent in to forcibly remove the remaining tribes of Indians and other groups of settled aboriginal people, totalling 12,000 in all - a great number were lost.
The burr oak was planted to commemorate the sesquicentennial year of the founding of the republic of Texas and has been bent and tied in a fashion used to mark trails before the white Europeans came to America. The tree is symbolising the hope for all peoples to come and live together in peace.
Address: Exposition Plaza, Exposition Street
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