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ERA OF COLONIZATION.
other Americans in Texas, especially from Austin's and
De Witt's colonists; also from the United States and from
the Indians. The Cherokees, under two strong leaders,
Fields and John Dunn Hunter,* were much displeased
with the Mexican government for not granting to them,
as had been promised, a section of land: they entered into
a solemn compact to aid the colony against the Mexicans.
December 20, 1826, Edwards and his men, having as-
sumed the name of Fredonians, assembled in conven-
tion with the representatives of the Cherokees, and in due
form declared that the "Republic of Fredonia" was and
ever should be independent of Mexico. The convention
divided Texas into two parts (the division mark being a
line running north of Nacogdoches east and west across
the State), the northern section of which was to belong
to the Indians and the southern section to the Americans.
Norris was deprived of his office as alcalde. Vigorous
preparations were made for war All Edwards's hopes,
however, were doomed to bitter disappointment. Austin,
* Htunter's life was a strange story of adventure. WVhile he was yet a babe
his parents were killed by the savages, and he was adopted by an Indian brave.
His wonderful skill in hunting gave him the name Hunter. John Dunn of Mis-
souri having shown him great kindness, he called himself John Dunn. Meeting
some fur traders, he was led to give up his Indian life and engage in business; all
his spare time was given to study. In vigorous English he describes the new life
that opened before him when he began to be able to read with ease, and the new
feelings that came when he visited the large cities of the East. In 1823-24 he
traveled in Europe, and spent some time in London, where fashionable society
made a great pet of him; here he wrote and talked much of the Indians, saying
he felt it his duty to devote his life to their improvement. After his return from
London he went to live among the Cherokees, over whom he gained great power
and influence. The Indians having failed to keep their solemn promise to Ed-
wards, and Fields having already been killed, Hunter had started with two or three
companions to join the Fredonians at Nadogdoches when he was murdered.
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