Boone, Daniel

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Born: Oct 22, 1734 AD
Died: 1820 AD, at 85 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Explorer


1734 - Born on 2nd of November in Berks County, Pennsylvania. He was a American frontiersman and legendary hero who helped blaze a trail through Cumberland Gap, a notch in the Appalachian Mountains near the juncture of Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

 

1755 - Participated in Edward Braddock's attack on Fort Duquesne.

 

1767 - Made brief initial visit to Kentucky wilderness.

 

        - Boone went a short way through Cumberland Gap to hunt.

 

1769-1771 - Returned to Kentucky for hunting, trapping, and extensive exploration.

 

1773 - He undertook to lead his own and several other families to Kentucky, but the group was attacked by Cherokee Indians just beyond the last settlement. Two of the party, including Boone's son James, were tortured and murdered, whereupon the survivors turned back.

 

1775 - Leader of party of settlers establishing permanent residence in Kentucky.

 

        - Built fort on site of present-day Boonesboro.

 

        - Blazed extension of Wilderness Road through Cumberland Gap, allowing large-scale migration of settlers through Allegheny Mountains.

 

1778 - Became a captain in the county's militia and a leader in defending Boonesborough against the Indians.

 

        - He was captured by Indians and was adopted as a son by the Shawnee chief, Blackfish.

 

1781 - Member of Virginia legislature.

 

1784 - subject of autobiographical narrative "The Adventures of Col. Daniel Boon" in John Filson's "Discovery, Settlement, and "Present State of Kentucky".

 

        - Although financial success eluded him, Boone is said to have been the rippin'est, roarin'est, fightin'est man the frontier ever knew.

 

1799 - Settled in Spanish-controlled Missouri after land claims in Kentucky failed to receive legal validation.

 

        - Although he was highly respected and served in the Virginia assembly, Boone was not a good businessman and he lost his Kentucky lands. In September, he set out for Missouri where a son had preceded him. He settled in the Femme Osage valley where he continued to hunt and roam until his death. Twenty-five years later his remains and those of his wife were returned to Kentucky for burial.

 

        - When the United States assumed jurisdiction over this territory, his land titles were again found to be defective, but the direct intercession of Congress restored part of his acreage.

 

1820 - He died on 26th of September in St. Charles, Montana.

 

1823 - A legendary hero even at the time of his death, his fame spread worldwide when Lord Byron devoted seven stanzas to him in "Don Juan".

 

 

 

 

 

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