Daniel Boone was born on November 2, 1734, and died on September 26, 1820. He was the sixth child out of eleven in his family; his parents were Quakers and he was taught wilderness skills by his father and literature from his mother. Boone was an American frontiersman who explored the West and was given the nickname "Big Turtle."Continue Reading
Boone had his first chance to explore when he went on a military expedition during the French and Indian War in 1755. During the expedition, his troop was defeated and Boone escaped on horseback. He survived thanks to his wilderness training. He settled down and married Rebecca Bryan and had 10 children. Boone led his own expedition in 1767, a little over a decade after his military expedition.
Boone continued to lead expeditions into the frontier after this first expedition and started bringing along other talented frontiersmen. Boone is remembered for the way that he settled Kentucky and spent approximately 30 years learning its lands and building settlements. Boone worked tirelessly to protect these settlements and allegedly was happy to fight the Indians at each settlement. He has been a famous character for many fiction writers and has inspired many tall tales. Popular images depict Boone traveling the frontier wearing buckskin leggings, a loose-fitting animal skin shirt, and his famous coonskin cap.Learn more about US History