5 - Daniel Boone Reading

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http://www.earlyamerica.com/lives/index.html The Adventures of Col. Daniel Boon; Formerly a Hunter; Containing a Narrative of the Wars of Kentucky, by Daniel Boon The publication of Daniel Boone's "Adventures" in 1784 served to immortalize Boone the frontiersman as an American legend and a true folk hero. Published by John Filson on Boone's 50th birthday, the narrative describes in Boone's own words his exploits in the Kentucky wilderness from May, 1769 to October of 1782. The Adventures of Col. Daniel Boone was subsequently published in The American Magazine in 1787 and again in a book by George Imlay in 1793. The latter publication is the source wherein we present the complete text. Daniel Boone's Adventures is presented here for the first time on the Internet. His first- person narrative appears as he actually wrote it, using the grammar and syntax current in America in the 1700s. The only concession made-- and that only for the purpose of making Boone's personal account easier to read-- is the substitution of "s" in place of what appears as an "f" in the original text. In his autobiographical narrative Boone tells of his passage through the Cumberland Gap, leading a party of settlers that cut the Wilderness Road in 1775. Boone's trailblazing efforts opened a door beyond the Alleghany Mountains, establishing a route used by thousands in the first westward migration. In his "Adventures" Boone-- a colonel in the Virginia militia-- describes his founding of Boonesborough on the Kentucky River, his capture by the Shawnee Indians, his adoption by Chief Black Fish as his son, and his daring escape on foot through the forests covering 160 miles in 4 days. In putting pen to paper, America's most famous of all "long hunters" recounts events of singular courage during this eventful 13-year period of his life, providing us with a fascinating insight into the character of an American icon. PART ONE It was on the first of May, in the year 1769, that I resigned my domestic happiness for a time, and left my family and peaceable habitation on the Yadkin River, in North Carolina, to wander through the wilderness of America, in quest of the country of Kentucky, in company with John Finley, John Stewart, Joseph Holden, James Monay, and William Cool. We proceeded successfully, and after a long and fatiguing journey through a mountainous wilderness, in a westward direction, on the seventh day of June following we found ourselves on Red-River, where John Finley had formerly been trading with the Indians, and, from the top of an eminence, saw with pleasure the beautiful level of Kentucky.
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Here let me observe, that for some time we had experienced the most uncomfortable weather as a prelibation of our future sufferings. At this place we encamped, and made a shelter to defend us from the inclement season, and began to hunt and reconnoitre the country. We found every where abundance of wild beasts of all sorts, through this vast forest. The buffalo were more frequent than I have seen cattle in the settlements, browzing
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course HIST 1301 taught by Professor Wood during the Spring '08 term at Tarrant County.

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