This bronze sculpture - created by artist Michael Boyett - honors the historic treaty between Texian general Sam Houston and the Cherokee leader Chief Bowles. The treaty, signed on February 23, 1836, granted the Cherokee the legal right to occupy land in East Texas. It also assured the neutrality of the Cherokee in the unfolding Texas Revolution, which allowed the Texian Army to concentrate its strategy solely on defeating the Mexican Army. Nacogdoches residents Sam Houston, Adolphus Sterne, and William Goyens, all played crucial roles representing Texas in the negotiations, with Chief Bowles representing the Indian tribes.
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