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Daniel Boone Essay

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Most of us know of the hardships faced by many Americans as the country grew and expanded; adding new territories to be explored and settled. There are many who contributed to this period of history in the making of what is today the United States of America. Those who were a part of this drive sacrificed much as they helped define what became a very great country. Chances are you’ve heard of Daniel Boone, who is known by many as one of the most famous frontiersman in America. The question is did he really live up to the historical hype of the great frontier explorer, or like so many others, was he really just responding to the circumstances of life that faced him?
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He and a group of 30 men were sent out to cut a road across the Cumberland Gap and establish a settlement called Boonesboro. While defending the village in 1778 from attacking Indians, Boone was captured by the Shawnee tribe (Pendergast, Pendergast, and Slovey 28-29).
For almost a year Boone was with the tribe. He became part of the family, and shared a great deal of affection as part of the tribe. “I was adopted, according to their custom, into a family, where I became a son, and had a great share of affection of my new parents, brothers, sisters, and friends” Boone said afterwards (Pendergast, Pendergast, and Slovey). After spending about a year the tribe, Boone heard of a plan to attack Boonesborough. He escaped and made his way back, where he started a resistance against the attackers. Although Boone had saved the town from destruction, people weren't entirely convinced that he was still civilized. They accused him of being a “White-Indian”, somebody who is no longer civilized. For a few more years, Boone traveled across Kentucky, settling new towns as he went. He gained popularity as a leader, and in 1771 and 1791 he was elected to the Virginia legislature. Boone didn't enjoy political life, so he packed up and moved to the Louisiana Territory in 1799. When people asked why he left Kentucky, Boone responded by saying, "Too many people! Too crowded, too crowded! I want some elbow room." (Daniel Boone Biography). There he died in September 26, 1820, in what is today Missouri (Pendergast, Pendergast, and Slovey).
You may be wondering, what about the Alamo, the coonskin hat, and fighting off a bear with his bare hands? None of those things are entirely...

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