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Sequoyah was a half-Cherokee silversmith who invented a simple form of writing consisting of 86 symbols. He is also the namesake of Sequoia redwood trees.
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Sequoyah was born circa 1776 in Tuskegee, Tennessee. After being injured in a hunting accident as a young man, he became a silversmith. In 1809, he started creating a simple Cherokee alphabet consisting of 86 symbols. In 1821, he introduced it to the Cherokee council and it quickly caught on. For the next 20 years, he traveled and taught his language. He died circa August, 1843, near San Fernando, Mexico.
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