Boone: A Biography (Shannon Ravenel Books (Paperback))

Boone: A Biography (Shannon Ravenel Books (Paperback))

Robert Morgan

Language: English

Pages: 538

ISBN: 1565126157

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The story of Daniel Boone is the story of America—its ideals, its promise, its romance, and its destiny. Bestselling, critically acclaimed author Robert Morgan reveals the complex character of a frontiersman whose heroic life was far stranger and more fascinating than the myths that surround him.

This rich, authoritative biography offers a wholly new perspective on a man who has been an American icon for more than two hundred years—a hero as important to American history as his more political contemporaries George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Extensive endnotes, cultural and historical background material, and maps and illustrations underscore the scope of this distinguished and immensely entertaining work.

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because it could flick a tick off a bear’s snout at a hundred yards, put in an extra load of powder, and resting the barrel on a loophole sill, took careful aim at the Shawnee mocker. When he touched the trigger the brave fell from the tree, crashing through the limbs until the body thumped on the ground. The butt patter was seen no more. Draper says, “Such a fatal shot deterred the other Indians from venturing up to remove the body . . . till after nightfall, and the hogs meanwhile rooted around

left an account of a neighbor in Kentucky that reminds us of the reality of slavery on the frontier: This man had a wife older and proportionably larger than himself, with two or three little children. He was very poor, and yet owned a negro man in middle life, and a woman rather old, at least twice the age of himself. His treatment of both was cruel in the extreme. A single pair of the flimsiest negro shoes was all the man got in the year, and the old woman was quite as miserably clothed. They

Certainly the jinx that had followed Boone so faithfully did not desert him early the following year. Judge Coburn had assembled another petition to put before Congress, arguing that Boone, who had led so many to settle and develop the West, owned not a foot of land. As the painstakingly assembled petition moved toward a successful decision, the lawyer Edward Hempstead told the committee that Boone did not want the ten-thousand-acre tract stated in the petition, only the original thousand arpents

scholarship suggests that Blue Jacket John Sugden, Blue Jacket, 1–4; Belue, 296n4. 365 “Boone! Boone!” Shane interview with Thomas Jones, ca. 1840s, DM12CC233. 365 The men all got drunk JSD interview with Thomas Jones, ca. 1840s, DM12CC233. 366 “By the next spring we had some twelve or fifteen tons” Hammon, ed., 82. 367 “Father was busily employed in digging” Hammon, ed., 81–82. 367 “Oct. 9th 1788, recd. 15 caggs of ginseng of Capt. Fagan” John Bakeless, Daniel Boone, 331; “Daniel Boone’s

Lands purchased by Richard Henderson & Co.” on Christmas Day 1774, Governor Dunmore referred to the Louisa Company as “Richard Henderson and other disorderly persons.” Henderson was accused of placing himself above the law of Virginia. Josiah Martin, the governor of North Carolina, called Henderson’s plans “contrary to Law and Justice and so pregnant with ill consequences.” Both governments threatened Henderson and one official asked if Henderson had gone insane. “Archibald Neilson, deputy

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