Daniel Boone Facts

Daniel Boone Facts
Daniel Boone, one of America's first folk heroes, pioneers and explorers, was born in 1734 in the Oley Valley, near Reading, Pennsylvania. He was the sixth child of eleven born to Squire Boone, his father, and Sarah Jarman Morgan, his mother. He learned to read and write from his mother while his father was instrumental in teaching him survival skills. Daniel received his rifle at the age of 12. When Daniel Boone was 15 his family moved to Rowan County in North Carolina. He started a hunting business, and in 1755 he took part on a military expedition. In 1756 he married. In 1767 he led his first expedition.
Interesting Daniel Boone Facts:
Nobody is certain whether Daniel Boone was born on October 22nd, 1734 or November 22nd, 1734.
Daniel Boone's father was a Quaker weaver and blacksmith, and a farmer.
Daniel learned how to chop wood by the time he was five. By the age of 10 he was caring for his father's cows.
Daniel Boone became friends with the Delaware Indians as a child. They taught him survivor skills and he even began to dress like them.
Daniel Boone gained a reputation as the best sharpshooter in the land after moving to North Carolina.
Daniel Boone served in the French and Indian War (1754 = 1763) on the British side.
Daniel married Rebecca Bryan on August 14th, 1756. Rebecca's brother was married to one of Daniel Boone's sisters.
Daniel and Rebecca had 10 children. One of Daniel and Rebecca's grandsons Enoch Boone became the first white man to be born in Kentucky.
Daniel Boone led an expedition into Kentucky in 1769, during which he discovered the Cumberland Gap. This gap was a narrow passage through the Appalachian Mountains. On the other side was perfect farming land and plenty of game.
The Shawnee Indians captured Daniel Boone and sent him home, warning him not to return.
In 1775 Daniel returned to Kentucky, built a road, fort, and settlement called Boonesborough.
The road that Daniel Boone built in 1775 was called the ‘Wilderness Road'.
During the Revolutionary War (1775 = 1783) Daniel Boone served as a mmilitia officer.
The Indians tried to chase Daniel Boone away. They kidnapped his daughter but Daniel rescued her.
The Indians also kidnapped Daniel Boone but he escaped.
Daniel Boone and his family eventually to Missouri in 1799.
Rebecca died in 1813.
Daniel Boone died on September 26th, 1820 at the age of 85. He was buried next to his late wife.
Daniel Boone's rifle was nicknamed ‘Ticklicker'. He was such a good shot that people joked that he could shoot a tick off of a bear's back.
One of Daniel Boone's nicknames was the ‘Great Pathfinder'.
Daniel Boone became famous internationally when his autobiography was published when he was fifty years old. It sold very well in Europe and at home.
From 1964 to 1970 NBC aired a TV show about Daniel Boone (called Daniel Boone) that made him even more famous.
Daniel Boone wore a beaver hat, not a coonskin cap as he is often portrayed.
Daniel Boone is credited with exploration and settlement of the state of Kentucky.


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