Daniel Boone: Early Years
Born: October 22 (November 2 new style), 1734
Died: September 26, 1820 (age 85)
was an American pioneer and hunter whose frontier exploits
made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States.
Boone is most famous for his exploration and settlement of
what is now the U.S. state of Kentucky, which was then beyond
the western borders of the Thirteen Colonies.
What do you know about Daniel Boone? Try
this U.S. History Made Easy Biography Trivia quiz. You'll find
the answers at the bottom of the page.
1) In 1731, the Boones built a log cabin. The location is
now the Daniel Boone Homestead in Berks County, Pennsylvanian.
It is where Daniel was born. What is the location known as?
- Oley Valley
- Heaven's Gate
- Boone Town
2) Daniel Boone grew up as a Quaker?
3) In 1750 Squire Boone sold his land and moved the family.
Where did they move to
- North Carolina
- Western Virginia
4) Many historians caution that the folk image of Boone as
semiliterate is misleading, however, arguing that Boone
"acquired a level of literacy that was the equal of most
men of his times." Boone regularly took reading material
with him on his hunting expeditions, the Bible and Gulliver's
Travels were favorites, and he was often the only literate
person in groups of frontiersmen. Boone would sometimes
entertain his hunting companions by reading to them around the
5) As a young man, Boone served with the British military
during the French and Indian War (1754�1763), a struggle for
control of the land beyond the Appalachian Mountains. In 1755,
he was a wagon driver in General Edward Braddock's attempt to
drive the French out of the Ohio Country, which ended in
disaster at the Battle of the Monongahela. On August 14, 1756,
who did he marry?
- Roberta Cummings
- Rebecca Bryan
- Agnes Moorehead
6) On May 1, 1769, Boone began a hunting expedition into
Kentucky. When did he return home?
7) On September 25, 1773, Boone packed up his family and,
with a group of about 50 emigrants, began the first attempt by
British colonists to establish a settlement in Kentucky.
Boone's sone and William Russell's son Henry were captured and
gruesomely tortured to death. The brutality of the killings
sent shock waves along the frontier, and Boone's party
abandoned its expedition. Which son of Daniel Boone was
captured and died?
8) Richard Henderson hired Boone to blaze a trail which
went through the Cumberland Gap and into central Kentucky.
What was the trail known as?
- Highland Trail
- Wilderness Road
- Boones Road
9) When did Daniel and his family settle in Boonesborough?
- July 8, 1775
- September 8, 1775
- December 8, 1775
10) On July 14, 1776, Boone's daughter Jemima, Betsey and
Fanny Callaway were captured outside Boonesborough by an
Indian war party, who carried the girls north towards the
Shawnee towns in the Ohio country. Boone and a group of men
from Boonesborough followed in pursuit, finally catching up
with them two days later. Boone and his men ambushed the
Indians while they were stopped for a meal, rescuing the girls
and driving off their captors. The incident became the most
celebrated event of Boone's life.