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 Posted: Mon Mar 24th, 2008 06:43 pm
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Daniel Boone was born in 1734.  He was best known for exploration and settlement of Kentucky, blazing the Wilderness Trail and then though the Cumberland Gap  He was a militia officer during the Revolutionary War.  He was involved in many incounters with the Indians of the area.  One of his sons was killed and decapitated by the Shawnee , he and his daughter were both captured at times by the same Shawnee.   He served in different positions in goverment at various times.  After a while Daniel moved on to Missouri where he lived for the rest of his life.  He lived wll into his 80's. 

David Crockett was born in either Tennessee or North Carolina , 1786 He joined the militia in 1813 to fight in the Cheek War .  Then elected to the House of Representatives where he served two terms.  he lost a third term and told the people of his district they could go to hell he would go to Texas.  He did and of course died at the Alamo.

Daniel Boone was known to have worn a beaver felt hat .  Legend has it that David Crockett may have worn a coonskin cap.

The two series in the 50's and 60's on Crockett and Boone were played both by Fess Parker.  He played Daniel Boone not as Daniel Boone but just David Crockett with the name Daniel Boone.. In the popular theme song for the series, Boone was described as a "big man" in a "coonskin cap", and the "rippin'est, roarin'est, fightin'est man the frontier ever knew.This did not describe the real Daniel Boone, who was not a big man and did not wear a coonskin cap. Boone was portrayed this way because Fess Parker, the tall actor who played Boone, was essentially reprising his role as Davy Crockett from an earlier TV series.

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