Master of the Wilderness: Daniel Boone

Master of the Wilderness: Daniel Boone

Master of the Wilderness: Daniel Boone

Master of the Wilderness: Daniel Boone

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Although Daniel Boone early became an American hero and the subject of innumerable popular sketches of varying merit, he has not hitherto been made the subject of a documented biography based on original sources.

The present study is the result of personal examination of all known original Boone manuscripts, except a few in distant county courthouses or private collections, which have been examined for me and sometimes copied by local investigators. It endeavors to bring together the entire story of Daniel Boone's life without entering into details of merely local interest, such as the exact routes he followed or the exact sites of his camps. Matters of this sort, though of great interest to local historians, who debate them vigorously, are of no special significance to anyone else.

In general, I have ignored mere rumor, except where it is so widespread as to deserve at least passing mention, plainly labeled for what it is. Stories like the one which provides Boone with a Shawnee squaw for his "Indian wife" I have passed over in silence. They are, in the first place, unsupported by anything except folk stories dating from long after Boone's death. They are, in the second place, usually in conflict with the known facts. The Shawnee wife story, for example, is hard to believe not merely in view of Daniel Boone's devotion to his legitimate wife, but also in view of the fact that, except for one . . .

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