Daniel Boone (November 2, 1734 [ O.S. October 22] – September 26, 1820) was an American pioneer and frontiersman whose exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States. Boone became famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now Kentucky, which was then beyond the western borders of the Thirteen Colonies.
Adventure Western Frontier hero Daniel Boone conducts surveys and expeditions around Boonesborough, running into both friendly and hostile Indians, just before and during the Revolutionary War.
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Daniel Boone left home on a military expedition during the French and Indian War, and in 1769 Boone led an expedition that discovered a trail to the west through the Cumberland Gap. In 1775, he settled an area he called Boonesborough in Kentucky, where he faced Indian resistance. Boone died in Femme Osage Creek, Missouri, in 1820.
Boone was born on November 2, 1734, in a log cabin in Exeter Township, near Reading, Pennsylvania. His father, Squire Boone, Sr., was a Quakerblacksmith and weaver who met his wife, Sarah Morgan, in Pennsylvania after he emigrated from England. Boone, the couple's sixth child, received little formal education. Boone learned how to read and write from his mother, and his father taught him wilderness survival skills. Boone was given his first rifle when he was 12 years old. He quickly proved himself a talented woodsman and hunter, shooting his first bear when most children his age were too frightened. At age 15, Boone moved with his family to Rowan County, North Carolina, on the Yadkin River, where he started his own hunting business.
French and Indian War
In 1755, Boone left home on a military expedition that was part of the French and Indian War. He served as a wagoner for Brigadier General Edward Braddock during his army's calamitous defeat at Turtle Creek, near modern-day Pittsburgh. A skilled survivor, Daniel Boone saved his own life by escaping the French and Indian ambush on horseback. In 1767, Boone led his own expedition for the first time. The hunting trip along the Big Sandy River in Kentucky worked its way westward as far as Floyd C...
In May 1769, Boone led another expedition with John Finley, a teamster Boone had marched with during the French and Indian War, and four other men. Under Boone's leadership, the team of explorers discovered a trail to the far west through the Cumberland Gap. The trail would become the means by which settlers would access the frontier. Boone took his discovery a step further in April 1775: While working for Richard Henderson's Transylvania Company, he directed colonists to an area in Kentucky...
In August 1756, Boone wed Rebecca Bryan, and the couple set up stakes in the Yadkin Valley. Over a 24-year period, the couple would have 10 children together. At first, Boone found himself content with what he described as the perfect ingredients to a happy life: "A good gun, a good horse and a good wife." But adventure stories Boone had heard from a teamster while on march ignited Boone's interest in exploring the American frontier.
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Nov 18, 2019 · Daniel Boone was an American frontiersman who became legendary for his role in leading settlers from the eastern states through a gap in the Appalachian Mountain range to Kentucky. Boone did not discover the passage through the mountains, known as the Cumberland Gap, but he demonstrated that it was a feasible way for settlers to travel westward.
Daniel Boone, (born c. November 2, 1734, Berks county, Pennsylvania [U.S.]—died c. September 26, 1820, St. Charles county, Missouri, U.S.), early American frontiersman and legendary hero who helped blaze a trail through Cumberland Gap, a notch in the Appalachian Mountains near the juncture of Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
- Footprints on The Sands of Time, Boone's Legacy
Daniel Boone was an American icon as a quintessential pioneer, intrepid explorer, and preeminent frontiersman who became one of America's first folk heroes. Boone is most famous for his early exploration and eventual settlement of what is now Kentucky, then Virginia, opposite the settled areas on the other side of the Appalachian Mountains. Perhaps another kindred spirit and great American outdoorsman and President said it best: In 1926 Daniel Boone, 1734-1820, Explorer, due to his great achievement in accomplishing his lifelong quest to open the trans-Appalachian frontier of Kentucky for colonial settlement became an Honoree by inclusion in the Hall of Fame for Great Americans.A bronze bust was dedicated for the colonnade in an unveiling ceremony on 12 May 1926, City University of New York.
Colonel Daniel Boone (1734-1820), per historian Michael Lofaro, was the founding father of westward expansion by his exploration and settlement of the Kentucky wilderness and remains an iconic figure in American history. There was genuinely an admirable core of meaning to his life. He was the embodiment of what all want for themselves: love of adventure, physical prowess, resourcefulness, moral courage, and fierce independence. He became a legend in his own lifetime when historian John Filson wrote from Boone's interviews with Filson an "autobiography" in 1784 printed throughout America and Europe. A hunter and explorer to the last years of his life, he died "secure in his place in history as the nation’s archetypal hero of the frontier."Throughout history Daniel Boone was memorialized in numerous historical events in his honor. Like all great men of note, Daniel Boone left footprints on the sands of time; he was a hero in the strife! 1. He became an Honoree of the Hall of Fame for...↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Wikipedia Editors. "Daniel Boone", Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/. (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index....↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Bryan, William S., and Robert Rose. A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri, St.Louis, Missouri: Bryan, Brand & Co.,1876. "Life of Daniel Boone" excerpt from pages 1...↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Peabody Normal College and Tennessee Historical Society. The American Historical Magazine[Serial] 2002. Putnam, Col. A. W. "Memoir of Daniel Boone", The American Histo...↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 SHSMO."Historic Missourians: Daniel Boone," The State Historical Society of Missouri. http://shsmo.org/....
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- His family came to America to escape religious persecution. In 1713, Daniel Boone’s father, a weaver and blacksmith, journeyed from his hometown of Bradninch, England, to the colony of Pennsylvania, established by William Penn in 1681 as a haven for religious tolerance.
- Boone blazed a trail to Transylvania. In 1775, Boone and a group of some 30 woodsmen left to complete a 200-mile trail through the wilderness to the Cumberland Gap—a natural break in the rugged Appalachian Mountains—and into Kentucky.
- Boone was held captive by Native Americans. In February 1778, while Boone was traveling with a group of Boonesborough men along Kentucky’s Licking River, he was captured by a group of Shawnees.
- He was an international celebrity during his lifetime. Boone was transformed from a local hero into someone who was internationally famous when his story was included in a book, “The Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucke,” published in 1784.
Daniel Boone is a hero of the American frontier. While many associate Boone with Cumberland Gap, the Wilderness Road, and Kentucky, few realize that Boone’s roots in North Carolina run deep. Boone called North Carolina home for twenty-one years, from 1752 to 1773: longer than any other place he lived.
The following genealogy begins with the earliest known ancestor of Daniel Boone (so-called George Boone 1) as recorded in the “Old James Boone Genealogy” written by James Boone, March 21st, 1788. The original, beautifully hand-written document is located at the Historical Society of Wisconsin, and