Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Daniel Boone is most famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now the U.S. state of Kentucky, which was then beyond the western borders of the Thirteen Colonies. Despite resistance from American Indians, for whom Kentucky was a traditional hunting ground, in 1775 Boone blazed the Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap and into Kentucky. There he founded Boonesborough, one of the first English-speaking settlements beyond the Appalachian Mountains.
After his father's death in 1765, Boone traveled with his brother and a group of men to Florida, which had become British territory after the end of the war, to look into the possibility of settling there. But Rebecca refused to move so far away from friends and family. The Boones instead moved to a more remote area of the Yadkin Valley, and Boone began to hunt westward into the Blue Ridge Mountains.
During certain years, Boone supported his growing family as a hunter, taking part in extended expeditions with other men into the wilderness to gather deer skins in the autumn, and then trapping beaver and otter over the winter. They were gone for weeks or months at a time. Upon their return in the spring they would sell their products to commercial fur traders.