Geronimo was a famous leader of the Bedonkohe Apache in conflicts against the United States and Mexico for their encroachment into the tribal lands of Apache people. Geronimo took up arms when a raid of Mexican soldiers killed his mother, wife and children. He was notorious for constant raids and after nearly 30 years of war, he surrendered to US government. He eventually appeared in various fairs and became a celebrity, while retaining the status of prisoner of war. Geronimo later regretted his surrender and he was never allowed to return to his people. He died from pneumonia complications at Oklahoma in 1909.