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The Discovery, Settlement and present State of Kentucke
The Discovery Settlement and present State of Kentucke Author:John Filson If any word in the American story connotes enchantment, it is undoubtedly 'West,' and the myriad elements of this magic, "Discovery, Settlement, and present State of Kentucke" by John Filson [c.1747 - 1788] is among the most most potent. For this earliest history of Kentucky, containing the state's first published map, also provided the nation w... more »ith the gigantic folk figure of Daniel Boone [1734-1820], whose exploits transcend time and distance.
The form of Filson's Kentucky essay follows the usual eighteenth-century catalogue of topics: boundaries, rivers, soil and climate, produce, animals, inhabitants, 'curiosities,' land acquisition, and trade prospects. To this miscellany he added his account of Boone's western adventures, a narrative in autobiographical form that, despite the author's over-written style, conveys both the rugged simplicity of the subject's personality and the ceaseless violence of the early Kentucky frontier.« less