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Life of Daniel Boone, the Great Western Hunter and Pioneer, Comprising an Account of His Early History; His Daring and Remarkable Career as the First Settler of Kentucky; His Thrilling Adventures with the Indians, and His Wonderful Skill, Coolness and Sagacity under All the Hazardous and Trying Circumstances of Western Border Life

To Which Is Added His Autobiography Complete as Dictated by Himself, and Showing His Own Belief That He Was an Instrument Ordained to Settle the Wilderness




[Illustration: The Old Fort at Boonesborough]


The subject of the following biography, the celebrated Colonel Daniel Boone, is one of the most remarkable men which this country has produced. His character is marked with originality, and his actions were important and influential in one of the most interesting periods of our history that of the early settlement of Kentucky. Boone is generally acknowledged as the founder of that State. His having explored it alone to a considerable extent; his leading the earliest bands of settlers; his founding Boonesborough, the nucleus of the future State; his having defended this and other stations successfully against the attacks of the Indians; and the prominent part which he took in military affairs at this period of distress and peril, certainly render his claims to the distinguished honor of founding Kentucky very strong.

But Boone, personally, reaped very little benefit from his patriotic and disinterested exertions. The lands which he had first cultivated and defended, were taken from him by the chicanery of the law; other lands granted to him by the Spanish government were lost by his inattention to legal forms; and in his old age he was without an acre of land which he could call his own. A few years before his death a small tract, such as any other settler in Missouri was entitled to, was granted him by Congress. But he has left to his numerous posterity a nobler inheritance that of an imperishable fame in the annals of his country!



The family of Daniel Boone His grandfather emigrates to America, and settles in Bucks County, Pennsylvania Family of Daniel Boone's father Account of Exeter, the birth place of Boone Birth of Daniel Boone Religion of his family Boone's boyhood Goes to school Anecdote Summary termination of his schooling.


Removal of Boone's father and family to North Carolina Location on the Yadkin River Character of the country and the people Byron's description of the Backwoodsmen Daniel Boone marries Rebecca Bryan His farmer life in North Carolina State of the country Political troubles foreshadowed Illegal fees and taxes Probable effect of this state of things on Boone's mind Signs of movement.


The Seven Years' War Cherokee War Period of Boone's first long Excursion to the West Extract from Wheeler's History of Tennessee Indian accounts of the Western country Indian traders Their Reports Western travelers Doherty Adair Proceedings of the traders Hunters Scotch traders Hunters accompany the traders to the West Their reports concerning the country Other adventurers Dr. Walker's expedition Settlements in South western Virginia Indian hostilities Pendleton purchase Dr. Walker's second expedition Hunting company of Walker and others Boone travels with them Curious monument left by him.


Political and social condition of North Carolina Taxes Lawsuits Ostentation and extravagance of foreigners and government officers Oppression of the people Murmurs Open resistance The Regulators Willingness of Daniel Boone and others to migrate, and their reasons John Finley's expedition to the West His report to Boone He determines to join Finley in his next hunting tour New company formed, with Boone for leader Preparations for starting The party sets out Travels for a month through the wilderness First sight of Kentucky Forming a camp Hunting buffaloes and other game Capture of Boone and Stuart by the Indians Prudent dissimulation Escape from the Indians Return to the old camp Their companions lost Boone and Stuart renew their hunting... Continue reading book >>

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