Daniel Boone is the quintessential Kentuckian, having blazed the trails that would become the map of Kentucky through courage, a love of the newfound beauty and abundance of the region, and his cunning facility with the land and its native peoples.
Born November 2, 1734, Boone quickly demonstrated a preference for the outdoors and established himself as an accomplished hunter and explorer. In 1767, Boone first visited Kentucky and found this new territory as beautiful as it was dangerous, as it was hotly contested by both native populations and the ever-advancing British colonists.
Boone was an intrepid adventurer and natural leader whose exploits amply justify his larger-than-life reputation. In 1784, John Filson published The Discovery, Settlement And present State of Kentucky This influential book chronicled in detail the adventures of Boone and established him not only as an important settler and explorer of Kentucky and the west, but as an American legend.
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