Sequoyah was the first Cherokee leader to be kidnapped from Mexico for trying to free his people; he escaped in the Rio Grande River.Returning to Mexico, he died shortly after reaching his people.
In defense, the Cherokee cited treaties that they had negotiated, as an independent "nation," with the United States, guaranteeing the Cherokee nation both the land and independence.
These lost Cherokee had gone to the Valley of the Mountains of the Moon and the first American site of the church of the principle people, which was called Ka tu wah; they were seekers of religious and personal freedom who had left in a mass exodus, amounting to twenty-five percent of all Cherokee people, in 1721 led by "Dangerous Man." Sequoyah secured permission from the government of Mexico to have the Cherokee people he was leading secure a place to live in freedom.
Upon hearing that he most famous Native American was encouraging other Native Americans of all tribes to join him in a foreign land, the governments of the United States and Texas sent agents to bring him back, forcibly if necessary.
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