Davy Crockett: Wilderness Legend

By: Andrew Wang

Informative

  • Davy Crockett was born in the mountains of Tennessee in 1786 and died in the Alamo.
  • He was a politician and served in Congress for two terms.
  • He was a seasoned soldier as he fought in the War of 1812 and Texas War of Independence.
  • At a very young age, he learned how to use a rifle ("Old Betsy") and was a good woodsman which are shown in his tall tales.
  • Influenced the American Frontier in the 1800s.
  • Davy Crockett, himself, is a real person, but his tall tales are based on his wild adventures.

Interesting

His stories were created by him, but were based on tales passed down via oral tradition. Exaggeration was used in his stories. He once wrestled a bear at the age of 3 and won. He also once threw a rock at a mountain lion which caused a whole chain reaction of hitting squirrels and ducks etc. and he ends up falling into a river. Also, animals would surrender to him due to his skill with his rifle. Human traits are exhibited in his story like persistence, tenacity, and foolishness. He once danced for days to marry a woman. Magic powers are also shown as he once took the tail of a comet and threw it back into space shows abnormal strength.