What Do You Really Know About Daniel Boone?

Some of you know I am writing a book about Daniel Boone, Daniel Boone and Me, aimed for YA and adult readers. I never expected to take a side trip with this book, but I wrote a story for an online prompt and the members of my critique group encouraged me to expand on it.

So I ventured down the rabbit hole of research on Daniel Boone. Along the way I learned some interesting facts about this legendary explorer and hunter.

Portrait of Daniel Boone from Wikipedia by Chester Harding (copyright free)

“I can’t say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days,” he reportedly said.

!. Daniel Boone was not southern. He was born in 1734 and raised by Quakers in eastern Pennsylvania, about 10 miles from the modern city of Reading. In 1734, this was fairly close to the frontier, and he was given a gun at age 12 to hunt.

2. Boone was not well- educated. He disliked school and went hunting as often as possible. His sister taught him to read and a little of writing.

4. In the early days, Boone had long braided hair, dressed with bear grease. He tied his long shirt with a leather belt, from which hung a powder horn, a bullet pouch, a knife and a tomahawk. He dressed himself like the Indians in a breechclout – a length of cloth that passed between the legs and then under a cloth belt, with the extra cloth hanging in the front and behind. Many hunters dressed that way.

5. He did not wear a coonskin cap! He wore a wide-brimmed felt or beaver hat, much like the Quaker style hats worn by men in Pennsylvania.

Daniel Boone wears a blue capeau coat over his buckskin coat, based on one seen in the only legitimate portrait of the frontiersman, painted circa 1820 by Chester Harding. Indian at lower right is his Shawnee friend from Missouri who accompanied him on hunting trips. (True West Magazine)

6. In 1775, Boone and a group of thirty men completed a 200-mile trail through the wilderness to the Cumberland Gap—a natural break in the rugged Appalachian Mountains—and into Kentucky, which would become his home. This trail would be named the Wilderness Trail and the route by which many settlers moved west.

By the artist George Caleb Bingham

I hope you find these tidbits interesting, and I’ll have more as I come closer to a publication date!



6 thoughts on “What Do You Really Know About Daniel Boone?”

  1. I must admit other than seeing the Disney episodes when I was a child, I’d never read anything about him, so all this was very interesting. Thanks, Noelle, and good luck with your writing project.

    1. Thanks, Olga. It’s not a long book, thank heavens, but a lot of research. He is just as impressive as everyone thinks – he just never wore a coonskin cap and was a poor businessman!

  2. What? No coonskin hat? I’m floored, Noelle. Ha ha. I love that you’re writing about him and can’t wait to read it. He is a fascinating historical person that I clearly don’t know much about beyond the movies (where he wore a coonskin hat). Thanks for the tidbits of fact about him. Happy Writing.

  3. Hello! It is really cool that you started writing a book about him. In general, I think it is very hard to write books, but very cool actually. You need to have a good writing style and be able to express your thoughts well, so that both you and your readers like it. I’ve never heard of this man, but it’s cool that you shared such facts about him. It would be interesting for me to read your book, I think it would be good. Have you written books before? If so, what genre and about what? Have a good day. 

    1. Writing about Daniel Boone was not on my docket but grew out of a short story. The main difficulty was finding the voice of a ten year old girl. I have five mysteries to my name (The Rhe Brewster Mysteries) and one historical fiction book, The Last Pilgrim, which was long-listed for an international award. I hope I can find an audience for Daniel Boone and Me.

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