A New History of Kentucky by Lowell H. Harrison, James C. Klotter

By Lowell H. Harrison, James C. Klotter

" the 1st entire historical past of the kingdom because the book of Thomas D. Clark's landmark background of Kentucky over sixty years in the past. a brand new background of Kentucky brings the Commonwealth to existence, from Pikeville to the acquisition, from Covington to Corbin, this account finds Kentucky's many faces and deep traditions. Lowell Harrison, professor emeritus of historical past at Western Kentucky college, is the writer of many books, together with George Rogers Clark and the warfare within the West, The Civil conflict in Kentucky, Kentucky's street to Statehood , Lincoln of Kentucky, and Kentucky's Governors.

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Five years later a skeleton and a powder horn bearing his initials were found in a hollow tree. Neeley became discouraged and departed, but the Boone brothers remained. In the spring of 1770 Squire took their catch back east and returned with more supplies and horses; in the fa1 he repeated the dangerous journey. Daniel was left alone for months, but these times were among the happiest of his life. Boone enjoyed reading, and he usually had a book or two with him: Gulliver~Travels was a particular favorite.

Only one of the eight escaped unharmed. James Boone and Henry Russell, sons of the expedition's leaders, were wounded and then tortured until they pleaded for death. The other two parties were not molested, but after considerable discussion they decided to turn back. Some of them went all the way back to the North Carolina homes they had so recently left. Boone would not abandon his hopes of living in Kentucky, and his family retreated only to a cabin in Clinch Valley. The first effort to establish a settlement in Kentucky had failed, but the pressure for opening the region continued.

He may have left the first record of deposits of coal, a resource that would much later become so im- - portant to the Kentucky economy. Howard and his companionswent down the Kanawha River to the Ohio. They constructed a bullboat and continued in it down the Ohio and the Mississippi. Suspicious French authorities arrested them and later sent Howard and some others to France for trial. John Peter Salling escaped while in New Orleans and succeeded in making his way back to Virginia. Through their lengthy journey, Howard's party supplied considerable information about the future boundaries of Kentucky, and the group's treatment by the French revealed the determination with which a nation that owned the mouth of the Mississippi would try to monopolize the use of the great river system.

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