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American explorer and frontiersman Daniel Boone blazed a trail to the far west though the Cumberland Gap, thereby providing access to the frontier.
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Biography of Daniel Boone, famous pioneer who rescued his daughter Jemima Boone and friends after they had fled the constraints of Fort Boonesborough.
Daniel Boone biography of the pioneer who became a politician in the Virgina Assembly and became disillusioned with public life.
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The next year, Boone was shot in the ankle during an Indian attack, but eventually recovered. When 1778 rolled around, Boone was himself captured by the Shawnee.
He managed to escape and resume protecting his land settlement, but was soon robbed of Boonesborough settlers' money while on his way to buy land permits. The settlers were furious with Boone and demanded he repay his debt to them; some even sued. By 1788,
Boone left the Kentucky settlement he had worked so hard to protect and relocated to Point Pleasant, in what is now West Virginia. After serving as lieutenant colonel and legislative delegate of his county there, Boone pulled up stakes again and moved to Missouri, where he continued to hunt for the remainder of his life.
On September 26, 1820, Daniel Boone died of natural causes at his home in Femme Osage Creek, Missouri. He was 85 years old. More than two decades after his death, his body was exhumed and reburied in Kentucky, on what was the site of his beloved Boonesbourough. Regardless of the outlandish folklore surrounding his figure, Boone indeed existed and is still remembered as one of the greatest woodsmen in American history.
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