Who Was Daniel Boone?
Who Was Daniel Boone?
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Called the "Great Pathfinder", Daniel Boone is most famous for opening up the West to settlers through Kentucky. A symbol of America's pioneering spirit Boone was a skilled outdoorsman and an avid reader although he never attended school. Sydelle Kramer skillfully recounts Boone's many adventures such as the day he rescued his own daughter from kidnappers.
move to the Yadkin River valley of North Carolina. 1756 — Daniel marries Rebecca Bryan. 1757 — Daniel and Rebecca’s first child, James, is born. 1765 — Daniel goes exploring in Florida. 1767 — Daniel reaches Kentucky. 1769 — Daniel goes back to Kentucky to hunt. 1773 — Daniel tries to take his family to Kentucky, but his son James is killed by Indians. They turn back. 1775 — Daniel carves the Wilderness Road out of the forest and founds Boonesborough. 1776 — Daniel rescues his daughter
he understand how Indians fought. The general insisted that his troops dress in bright blue or red uniforms. He told them to attack the enemy in long, straight lines. After all, this was the way battles were fought and won in Europe. So his men marched in the open toward the fort. But hundreds of French soldiers, Canadians, and Indian warriors lay in wait. Some crouched behind trees, while others kneeled in tall grass. They were all but invisible. Braddock and his troops were easy to spot in
were meadows of bluegrass — ideal farmland. The journey took about five weeks. In all that time, they had seen no sign of Indians. The group split up to go hunting. Daniel headed off with his brother-in-law. Over the next few months, the two shot many deer, elk, bear, and wild turkey. There were so many passenger pigeons, they clouded over the sky. Buffalo were so plentiful, the men feared they’d be caught in a stampede. The buffalo had stomped out trails, called traces, right through the
Indians found Daniel and John. There beside them were all the animal skins they’d collected. To the Shawnee, the two men were thieves. The king of England had recently signed a treaty with the Shawnee. He had promised that settlers would not move beyond the Appalachians. Clearly, that promise meant nothing. These white men were trespassing on Shawnee hunting grounds. The Shawnee took Daniel’s and John’s animal skins, rifles, and horses. For seven days Daniel and John were held captive.
shy and sometimes distant, he had a calm manner that inspired trust. Never one to boast, he was quiet, even-tempered, and honest. People respected his decency and his know-how. They believed in him. Now Daniel and Boonesborough were about to face their greatest challenge. Chapter 7 The Siege By January of 1778, there was hardly any food in Boonesborough. All that remained was meat. But the settlers were almost out of salt, and without salt, the meat would go bad. Soon they’d all be