Daniel Boone and Others on the Kentucky Frontier: by Darren R. Reid

By Darren R. Reid

This number of first-hand money owed illuminates existence on America's frontier. The voices incorporated diversity from the mythical Daniel Boone (here, in its entirety, is Boone's autobiography) to a big selection of standard settlers, and lots of of the tales are released right here for the 1st time. additionally incorporated are historic and analytical essays that provide context to every tale. comprises various maps and illustrations.

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Throughout these two decades, the Kentucky frontier became a battleground between two cultures, each of whom claimed to control the region and each of whom fought bitterly to enforce that control. As important as 1775 is as the year that the war began in the Kentucky country, it is important to remember that tension and animosity between settlers and Native Americans in the Ohio Valley had had its seeds planted years earlier during the Seven Years War and that the Kentucky frontier war was the culmination of a number of factors including settler migration beyond the Appalachian Mountains, the Revolutionary War, and the existing state of tension and prejudice that had festered since 1763.

As Billy Keaton, a visitor to the station that night, demonstrated when he “crept under the bed,” the tactics employed by these attackers affected far more than the unfortunate man who suffered his way audibly towards death through the night. 38 This episode was not a direct attack upon the settlement, nor was it a prolonged siege, though it did take on some elements of the latter, but it did affect all those who dwelt within the settlement. Perhaps the most significant aspect of this incident was that this station was brought to a complete standstill not by an attacking army, but by just four Native Americans.

We had passed over two mountains, viz. Powel’s and Walden’s, and were approaching Cumberland mountain when this adverse fortune overtook us. These mountains are in the wilderness, as we pass from the old settlements in Virginia to Kentucke, are ranged in a S. west and N. east direction, are of a great length and breadth, and not far distant from each other. Over these, nature hath formed passes, that are less difficult than might be expected from a view of such huge piles. The aspect of these cliffs is so wild and horrid, that it is impossible to behold them without terror.

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