Daniel Boone

By Liam Jermyn

Exploring the Appalachians

Colonists who settled in the British colonies settled between the Pacific Ocean and the Appalachian Mountains. It was against the law to settle in the Indian territory. People tried to cross the Appalachians. Daniel Boone had heard stories about the land west of the mountains. In 1769, Boone and several other men followed a trail through a narrow passage in the Appalachians. The passage was called the Cumberland Gap. After they passed it, they found land where Native Americans farmed and hunted. He wanted to live there also. He made a road that made the Cumberland Gap bigger. It was called the Wilderness Road. It was 200 miles long. Boone led families, such as his, across the Appalachians. They started towns such as Harrodsburg in present-day-Kentucky.