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.
HE PREPARED VENISON THE WAY DANIEL LIKED IT — WITH SPICY RED PEPPER. Derry Coburn For the rest of his life, he lived with one or another of his children. Sensing the end was near, Daniel had a coffin built. He insisted it be stored in his son’s house. From time to time, he polished it, even lay down in it. He commented before he died that he’d “taken many a nice nap in it.” Death finally took Daniel on September 26, 1820. He was eighty-five. His last words were, “I’m going. My time has
different from ours. So were his ideas of what was right and wrong. Still, to this day Daniel stands as America’s first frontier hero, and its most important pioneer. The Great Pathfinder helped the United States grow and become the country it is today. TIMELINE OF DANIEL’S LIFE 1734 — Daniel is born in Pennsylvania. 1750 — Daniel and his family move to Virginia; Daniel goes on his first “long hunt.” 1750 — Daniel serves with the British in the French and Indian War. 1751 — The Boones
had a nickname. One settler claimed Daniel was so sharp a shot, he could shoot a tick off a bear’s nose three hundred feet away. So Daniel started calling his rifle “Ticklicker.” The Yadkin Valley was wild country. There were few settlers around, and no towns. Much of the land was covered by forest. Before they could plant corn and wheat, the Boones had to chop down trees. They pulled out stumps and carted off boulders. It was hard work. Daniel was a willing helper. But he knew that farming was
it would be gone. Rebecca agreed to sell the North Carolina farm. By September 1773, the Boones and five other families were ready to leave. Still, it was not easy to go. Daniel’s mother, Sarah, was now elderly. She was too old to move. Daniel understood that if he left, he’d never see her again. Then there were the Indians. According to the treaty, Kentucky was off-limits. But Daniel felt that if he built a home and grew crops, the land would be his, no matter what the treaty said. Kentucky
Shawnee and Cherokee warriors sneaked up on the fort. They kidnapped three girls canoeing on the Kentucky River. One of them was Daniel’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Jemima. Daniel was napping when he heard an uproar outside. He leaped from his bed and raced barefoot from the house. Learning the news, he instantly took off after the Indians. He knew there was not a minute to lose. He did not even go back for his moccasins. Other men from the settlement joined in the search. They had to get