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1734, Oct 221755-18161820, Sep 26
an American pioneer, explorer, woodsman, and frontiersman, whose frontier exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States. Boone is most famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now Kentucky, which was then part of Virginia but on the other side of the mountains from the settled areas. As a young adult, Boone supplemented his farm income by hunting and trapping game, and selling their pelts in the fur market. Through this occupational interest, Boone first learned the easy routes to the area.
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05/11/1769-Daniel Boone begins a two-year hunting expedition in Kentucky
09/26/1820-Daniel Boone dies in Missouri
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James Robertson
...State of Tennessee. An early companion of explorer Daniel Boone, Robertson helped establish the Watauga Association...
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A zeal for the defence of their country led these heroes to the scene of action, though with a few men to attack a powerful army of experienced warriors.
All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife.
Curiosity is natural to the soul of man and interesting objects have a powerful influence on our affections.
During our travels, the Indians entertained me well; and their affection for me was so great, that they utterly refused to leave me there with the others, although the Governor offered them one hundred pounds sterling for me, on purpose to give me a parole to go home.
Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things; and I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatever state he is.
I had gained the summit of a commanding ridge, and, looking round with astonishing delight, beheld the ample plains, the beauteous tracts below.
I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.
I was happy in the midst of dangers and inconveniences.
In such a diversity it was impossible I should be disposed to melancholy.
In the decline of the day, near Kentucky river, as we ascended the brow of a small hill, a number of Indians rushed out of a thick cane-brake upon us, and made us prisoners.
In this situation I was constantly exposed to danger and death.
In this time the enemy began to undermine our fort, which was situated sixty yards from Kentucky River.
Let peace, descending from her native heaven, bid her olives spring amidst the joyful nations; and plenty, in league with commerce, scatter blessings from her copious hand!
May the same Almighty Goodness banish the accursed monster, war, from all lands, with her hated associates, rapine and insatiable ambition!
Most of the memorable events I have myself been exercised in; and, for the satisfaction of the public, will briefly relate the circumstances of my adventures, and scenes of life, from my first movement to this country until this day.
Nature was here a series of wonders, and a fund of delight.
On the fourth day of July following, a party of about two hundred Indians attacked Boonsborough, killed one man, and wounded two.
One day I undertook a tour through the country, and the diversity and beauties of nature I met with in this charming season, expelled every gloomy and vexatious thought.
Soon after, I returned home to my family, with a determination to bring them as soon as possible to live in Kentucky, which I esteemed a second paradise, at the risk of my life and fortune.
We were then in a dangerous, helpless situation, exposed daily to perils and death amongst savages and wild beasts, not a white man in the country but ourselves.
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Daniel Boone1734, Oct 221755
 
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18281828, May 25
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18461846, Feb 15
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18491854, Sep 27
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