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

By Lowell H. Harrison, James C. Klotter

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

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How does one explain a state that has no northwest? The state has been described as a one-humped camel, as a lion with its mane in the mountains and its tail lashing the Mississippi, and as a wedge opening a way into the transmontane West. Although the area can be divided and subdivided into an endless number of regions (such as the Inner Outer Bluegrass), the most commonly accepted pattern describes the state as having five physiographic regions. These regions seldom have sharply defined boundaries, and it is often difficult to tell just where one gives way to another.

The end was in sight. On April 1 Boone wrote Henderson a letter and sent it by a special messenger. Just before daybreak on March 25 Indians had fired on the camp, mortally wounding Captain William Twetty, killing his slave Sam, and seriously wounding Felix Walker. Three days later the Indians attacked an isolated hunting party and killed and scalped two men. Boone had called in all the detached parties; they were to meet at the mouth of Otter Creek. Boone wrote that his party would start for Otter Creek at once, and he would construct a fort there.

Surely it would do no harm to hold up settlement west of the mountains until such issues were settled. To officials in London, the Proclamation Line made good sense. The line and the policy looked different fromvirginia. The land wasVirginia's by a 1609 charter from English king James I, and it was needed at once to honor obligations to men who had fought for king and empire. The Indians could be bought off or brushed aside, and the French no longer represented a danger to settlers. The time was ripe for settlement of the West, and Kentucky was the place to begin.

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