The point of where Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky meet is called the Cumberland Gap is a place that Daniel Boone went through to traverse Kentucky . Daniel Boone (1734-1820) is a very well known American frontiersman who traversed Kentucky in 1767, settled there with his family, and went on many explorations over the next 30 years with many colleagues. He constantly came in conflict with natives as new settlers came through the Cumberland Gap and down Ohio River and the Wilderness Road. Eventually, Boone became known for building a new settlement area and the path there.
- In 1734, The birth of Daniel Boone on Oct 22, the sixth child of Squire and Sarah Morgan Boone in Philadelphia County (now Berks County), Pennsylvania.
In 1769, Boone blazed the first known trail from North Carolina into eastern Tennessee, on his way to Kentucky with five other men to hunt and explore.
In 1775, Daniel led the cutting of the Wilderness Trail from Tennessee to site of Fort Boonesborough along the Kentucky River.
In 1776, Daughter Jemima was captured by Indians with two other girls, Betsy and Fanny Callaway, and was rescued two days later, mainly through Daniel’s knowledge of the wilderness and his understanding of the ways of Indians.
In 1778, Daniel Boone was captured by Shawnee and adopted by Chief Blackfish. Boone escaped after five months with Shawnee.
In 1791, Daniel was elected for a third time to the Virginia legislature.
In 1795, After living a few years at or near Point Pleasant in present West Virginia, Daniel and his family returned to live in Kentucky.
In 1820, Daniel Boone died at the stone house of his son Nathan, near Defiance. The stone house still stands and is open to the public.
Throughout Daniel Boone’s adventures, he was related to many kidnappings by American Indians. The first couple of white women marked the first permanent settlement in Kentucky and were later captured by the Indians. Another time, when Boone and some others were walking down a hill, Indians attacked them and took their things and made them prisoners for 7 days.
As Daniel Boone and 35 others went to Kentucky, they carved a trail which served as a road to transport on for settlers and their livestock. Livestock and seeds were brought by settlers who followed Daniel Boone through the Cumberland Gap which helped the U.S. to grow economically. Also, this allowed for a postal service to deliver mail across the U.S..
Important People in Daniel Boone's Life
Manifest Destiny is a plan that the U.S. will stretch across North America and people believed that America was better than others that got in our way so we could just take, buy, or fight for the land and that God wanted it. When Daniel Boone moved to Kentucky, he marked it as a turning point in time where people started moving west which caused people to start moving and people still move today.