Daniel Boone


Daniel Boone
Daniel Boone was an early American pioneer and explorer. Born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in 1735, Boone distinguished himself early on as a hunter. While a boy he moved with his father to North Carolina, where he was married. ln 1769, with five companions, he visited Kentucky, which was then unexplored. He passed several months there in hunting, but was captured by Indians. He escaped and returned home in 1771. In 1773, with his own and five other families, he emigrated to Kentucky, where, after several encounters with the Indians, he constructed a fort at Boonesborough in 1775. After repulsing several attacks of the Indians on this expedition, he was captured by them, taken to Chillicothe and Detroit, and adopted into an Indian family. Again escaping, he returned in June of the same year to the fort, which was attacked in August by a force of savages under the British Flag. Boone ably defended the position. Two of his sons were killed in these hostilities with the Indians. Losing his lands in Kentucky, he removed in 1795 to Missouri, where he pursued the occupation of hunter and trapper. He died in 1820.

Adapted from The Dictionary of Biography by Charles Morris

Key events during the life of Daniel Boone:

Birth of Daniel Boone.
Explord Kentucky with five companions.
  Captured by Indians
Returned home from capture.
Moved to Kentucky.
Again captured by Indians, but escaped.
Moved to Missouri
Death of Daniel Boone.

Other Resources

Story Links
Book Links
Backwoodsmen of Kentucky  in  Indian History for Young Folks  by  Francis S. Drake
Daniel Boone  in  A First Book in American History  by  Edward Eggleston
Daniel Boone and His Grapevine Swing  in  Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans  by  Edward Eggleston
Daniel Boone  in  America First—100 Stories from Our History  by  Lawton B. Evans
Boone in Kentucky  in  Story of the Thirteen Colonies  by  H. A. Guerber
Daniel Boone, the Pioneer of Kentucky  in  Historical Tales, Vol I: American  by  Charles Morris
The Battle of the Blue Licks  in  Boys' Book of Border Battles  by  Edwin L. Sabin
Daniel Boone  in  Builders of Our Country: Book II  by  Gertrude van Duyn Southworth
Winning of the West  in  Growth of the British Empire  by  M. B. Synge

Image Links

Daniel Boone
 in Indian History for Young Folks

Capture of Elizabeth and Frances Calloway and Jemima Boone
 in Indian History for Young Folks

Defense of the Station at Boonesborough
 in Indian History for Young Folks

Boone at the Blue Licks
 in Indian History for Young Folks

Boone fighting over the dead body of his son
 in Indian History for Young Folks

The Boy Hunter
 in A First Book in American History

Trying to be a Savage
 in A First Book in American History

Boone Escapes
 in A First Book in American History

Daniel Boone
 in A First Book in American History

Boone's Grapevine
 in Story of the Thirteen Colonies

At the Siege of Boonesborough
 in Frontier Fighters