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June 7th
Daniel Boone in Kentucky
On this day in 1769, Daniel Boone made camp among the rolling, forested hills of a hunter’s paradise he had long dreamed of exploring. He had spent several weeks trekking over the Appalachian Mountains, having “resigned my domestic happiness for a time, and left my family and peaceable habitation on the Yadkin River in North Carolina, to wander through the wilderness of America, in quest of the country of Kentucke.” He later recalled his arrival:

We proceeded successfully, and after a long and fatiguing journey through a mountainous wilderness, in a westward direction, on the seventh day of June following, we found ourselves on Red River . . . and, from the top of an eminence, saw with pleasure the beautiful level of Kentucke. . . . At this place we encamped, and made a shelter to defend us from the inclement season, and began to hunt and reconnoitre the country. We found everywhere abundance of wild beasts of all sorts, through this vast forest. The buffaloes were more frequent than I have seen cattle in the settlements, browzing on the leaves of the cane, or cropping the herbage on those extensive plains, fearless, because ignorant, of the violence of man. Sometimes we saw hundreds in a drove, and the numbers about the salt springs were amazing. In this forest, the habitation of beasts of every kind natural to America, we practised hunting with great success until the twenty-second day of December following.
Boone was already becoming a legendary explorer. (“I can’t say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days,” he said.) In 1775 he blazed the Wilderness Road through Cumberland Gap, establishing a main westward route through the Appalachians. Thousands of tough, resourceful pioneers followed him into the wild, fertile land of Kentucky and beyond.

American History Parade
1769
Daniel Boone reaches Kentucky.

1776
Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposes to the Continental Congress that “these united colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states.”

1913
Hudson Stuck leads the first successful ascent of Mount McKinley’s main summit.

1939
King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, become the first reigning British monarchs to visit the United States.

1942
During World War II, Japanese troops invade and occupy the American islands of Attu and Kiska in the Aleutians, off Alaska.
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