|1584||Virginia charter embraces territory which eventually becomes Kentucky.|
|1654||Colonel Wood explores Kentucky as far as the Mississippi.|
|1669||John Lederer makes three trips into the Blue Ridges.|
|1671||Thomas Batts and Robert Fallam reach Ohio Valley.|
|1673||James Needham and Gabriel Arthur explore in Tennessee region.|
|1730|| John Salling, Williamsburg, Va., first native white American to pene-|
trate western Kentucky, is captured by Indians.
|1739||M. Longueil descends Ohio River; discovers Big Bone Lick.|
|1742||John Howard, an Englishman, crosses mountains from Virginia.|
Dr. Thomas Walker and companions cross Alleghenies and pass through|
Cave ( Cumberland) Gap on exploring expedition.
|1751||March. Christopher Gist visits Big Bone Lick.|
First village in Kentucky established opposite site of Portsmouth, Ohio,|
by French traders.
|Mrs. Mary Inglis is first white woman to visit Kentucky.|
|1769|| Daniel Boone, with John Finley and four other companions, crosses|
Appalachian ridges into Kentucky region.
"Long Hunters," led by James Knox, reach country south of Kentucky|
|1771|| Simon Kenton and others visit Ohio River Valley and navigate tribu-|
June and July. Companies headed by Capt. Thomas Bullitt, Hancock|
Taylor, and James, George, and Robert McAfee venture into northern
Kentucky. Captain Bullitt reaches Falls of the Ohio; he surveys land
below falls to Salt River and up Salt to Bullitt's Lick.
August. Bullitt makes first town plat in Kentucky above Ohio Falls, on|
part of site of Louisville.
May and June. Capt. James Harrod, Abram Hite, Jacob Sandusky, and|
others navigate Kentucky River into what is now Mercer County. They
lay off Harrodstown (now Harrodsburg).
|Daniel Boone warns Kentucky surveyors of impending Indian wars.|
|1775||March. Party of 30, led by Daniel Boone, reaches Rockcastle River.|
Col. Richard Henderson and others acquire from Cherokees land be-|
tween Ohio, Kentucky, and Cumberland Rivers and as far east as Cum-
berland Mountains. Virginia later refuses to recognize their right. Daniel
Boone, earlier, marked road through southern wilderness via Cumber-
land Gap to "Cuntuckey," the first marked road in Kentucky.