Thursday, November 02, 2006

Happy Birthday, Daniel Boone!

American West - DANIEL BOONE: "More than any other man, Daniel Boone was responsible for the exploration and settlement of Kentucky. His grandfather came from England to America in 1717. His father was a weaver and blacksmith, and he raised livestock in the country near Reading, Pennsylvania. Daniel was born there on November 2, 1734.

If Daniel Boone was destined to become a man of the wild, an explorer of unmapped spaces, his boyhood was the perfect preparation. He came to know the friendly Indians in the forests, and early he was marking the habits of wild things and bringing them down with a crude whittled spear. When he was twelve his father gave him a rifle, and his career as a huntsman began."


Brent McKee said...

So why did you introduce him with lines from "The Ballad Of Davy Crockett"? Daniel Boone was a Man in a BIG Land - or at least that's what the theme from the "Daniel Boone" show told us. We Canucks aren't entirely impressed - while Daniel was blazing a trail into Kentucky, the French traders out of Montreal, a group which probably included at least a few of my ancestors were going from Montreal to the Rocky Mountains, and by 1793 Alexander Mackenzie had traveled overland to both the Arctic Ocean and the Pacific.

Anonymous said...

I think it has something to do with this Fess Parker thing.