Daniel Boone grew up a hunter and woodsman in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. When he was a young man his mind was stirred by reports of the great wilderness that lay West of the Appalachian Mountains with its untouched forests, boundless game and great rivers. So in 1768 Daniel left his wife and three children and went into the wilderness with his brothers and a few friends. Although his brothers and friends went back to their town after a while, Daniel lived in the forests for two years, hunting, trapping and exploring. He had encounters with bears, storms and hostile Indians.
After he left the wilderness he went back to North Carolina and brought his family, his friends and his neighbors with him back into the wilderness to settle down and live.
For many years Daniel helped found towns and defend them from the Indians. Because he was brave and strong he kept the wilderness free of Indians and British Troops during the American Revolution.
When peace finally came, though, Daniel couldn't keep still. He wanted to roam in the wilderness, not sit still in a town. At 65 years of age he moved further West to Missouri. Upon leaving the Kentucky wilderness people asked him why he was moving on at his age. He said, "Too crowded here! I want more elbow room." In Missouri He was treated as a great man, and he hardly had time for hunting and exploring. He continued to roam as much as he could when he was 78 he was still fighting Indians. The last years of his life were spent roaming further West to where Kansas City is today, to Nebraska and probably went as far as Yellowstone and the Rocky Mountains.
During all his lifetime Daniel Boone never carried a compass. Someone once asked him if he had ever been lost in the woods. "No," said Daniel, "I can't say as I was ever lost, but I was once bewildered for 3 days!"
That was Daniel, and that is what he did during his life in the wilderness.
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