Daniel Boone
While many colonists were sojourners
and explorers of the American Frontier,
Daniel Boone was arguably the most
famous for his accomplishments, and
became part of an inspirational frontier
mythology helping to shape American
character thereafter.
Created by Mr. Steve Hauprich for the acceleration and remediation of US history students.
“Daniel Boone was a man. Yes a big man.
With an eye like and eagle and as tall as a mountain was he.
Daniel Boone was a man. Yes a big man.
He was brave, he was fearless and as tough as a mighty oak tree.”
He became a
legendary figure
due to his courage
and great ability
to thrive in the
wilderness and
survive military
combat situations.
His life was similar to other men who earned
their reputations in the American wild like
George Washington, William Johnson, and
Nick Stoner.
Daniel Boone was born in 1734 and raised
as a Quaker in Pennsylvania, until the
Boone Family moved to North Carolina
when he was 15 years old…and young
Boone would begin his
lifelong pattern of migration
into frontier areas in search
of prosperity and happiness
for himself and others.
Possibly due to the Regulator Movement
in North Carolina, Boone did not want to
stay in Carolina…he’d joined numerous
expeditions into the wilderness during the
French and Indian War…
earning a reputation for
stealth and courage…
and he would now lead
large parties of settlers
Westward.
Boone led a group of settlers across the
Appalachians through the Cumberland
Gap in 1775 into the new western lands
of Kentucky…
establishing
the frontier
settlement of
Boonesborough
Boone’s
legacy
would be
built around
around his
daring
leadership
skills…
and ability
to survive
conflicts
with Indians.
During the American Revolution, frontier
settlements like Boonesborough would
face numerous attacks, taking the lives of
many people on both sides of the conflict.
One of Boone’s most heroic episodes was
the rescue of his teenage daughter from…
her Native
American
kidnappers
in 1776.
Boone was later captured
by Shawnee warriors
during the American
Revolution in 1778, and
was briefly adopted into
their tribe, until he made
a daring escape to help
save his friends and
family back at the fort
in Boonesborough,
Kentucky.
Thereafter in life Daniel Boone would
relocate numerous times into new
settlements on the frontier, earning a
living as a surveyor, land speculator,
elected official in the Virginia Legislature,
and often times finding himself losing
money due to changing laws regarding
his investments.
Later in life Daniel Boone took a job in
the Spanish Territory of Missouri working
for the Spanish as a government official
helping to bring settlers into Spanish
territories…until the Louisiana Purchase
Treaty suddenly put him back on
American soil and working with the
US Government.
Daniel Boone
American Pioneer and Trailblazer
1734 - 1820
”I have never been lost, but I will admit
to being confused for several weeks. “
—Daniel Boone
While Daniel Boone was not a scholar, he did
enjoy reading the Bible and Gulliver’s Travels…
…we could even speculate he might have read
Thomas Paine’s Common Sense or possibly
Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard’s
Almanac …
…maybe even the
Declaration of Independence
or the US Constitution…
"Many heroic exploits and chivalrous
adventures are related to me which exist
only in the regions of fancy.
With me the world has taken great liberties,
and yet I have been but a common man."
....Daniel Boone
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