The Adventures of Daniel Boone

"Daniel Boone was a man. Yes a big man. With an eye like an eagle and as tall as a mountain was he." That was the beginning of the theme song to the television show "Daniel Boone." While the details of Daniel Boone in the series may not have been 100% historically accurate, it helped portray Boone as a legendary figure.

The United States has had many folk heroes dating back to the earliest years of the country. People like Paul Revere, George Washington and others have become legendary figures in United States history. Another early folk hero in America was a frontier pioneer and hunter named Daniel Boone.

Daniel Boone was born on October 22, 1734 in Berks County, Pennsylvania as the sixth of eleven children in the family. During his early years, the family lived at the edge of the Pennsylvania frontier, and at an early age Daniel learned about the land. Also at an early age he was given a rifle and quickly became proficient at using it for hunting. There are many folk tales about young Daniel Boone including his exploits using his rifle. These folk tales of his shooting prowess may not be 100% accurate, but does give an idea of his ability.

As a young man, Boone fought with the British in the French and Indian Wars. After the War, Boone returned home and made a living as a hunter, going on hunting expeditions for months at a time.

During his hunting expeditions, Boone traveled throughout the new country, exploring many unsettled areas. In 1767, Boone reached Kentucky. With the ample game and beautiful land, Kentucky was an ideal location for a new settlement. In September 1773, Boone, his family and about 50 others established the first settlement in Kentucky.

One of the most famous incidents in Boone’s life occurred in 1776. While living in Kentucky, Boone’s daughter and two friends were taken by Indians. Boone and a rescue party followed the Indians and rescued the girls a couple of days later. This incident was documented in James Fennimore Cooper’s book, “The Last of the Mohicans”.

During his later years Boone continued to explore new areas of the country by moving to Ohio and Missouri. During his travels, he had many encounters with native Indians as well as with wild animals.

Daniel Boone died on September 26, 1820 at the age of 85 in Missouri. During his life he had many adventures, helps lead the exploration and settlements in new parts of the country and helped to establish working relationships with the Indians.

Daniel Boone has been a legendary folk hero for many years. His adventures have been used in books such as those of James Fennimore Cooper, movies and was also the subject of the “Daniel Boone” television series in the 60’s. While the real Daniel Boone is not known, the folk hero and his adventures are familiar to most of us. We have assembled a selection of resources on Daniel Boone: