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The Life and Times of Daniel Boone


The Life and Times of Daniel Boone


DANIEL BOONE (1734-1820) was an American pioneer, explorer, woodsman, and frontiersman, a legend in his own lifetime: especially after an account of his adventures was published in 1784 making him famous across Europe as the typical all-American frontiersman; an American pioneer and United States folk hero famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now Kentucky.

The epic Daniel Boone mythology often overshadows the historical details of his life.

Despite fierce resistance by American Indians, Boone blazed his Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap in the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolina and Tennessee into Kentucky.

He founded one of the earliest American settlements west of the Appalachians and before the end of the 18th century, more than 200,000 Europeans had migrated to Kentucky and Virginia.

Boone was also a militia officer during the Revolutionary War (1775-83), which in Kentucky was fought primarily between the American settlers and the British-aided Native Americans.

Daniel Boone remains an iconic figure in American history: after his death, he was frequently the subject of heroic tales and other works of fiction. His adventures—real and legendary—were influential in creating the archetypal Western hero of American folklore, whose stories have been recounted thousands of times in all media, including print, radio, television, theatre and films.



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