By Lowell H. Harrison, James C. Klotter
" the 1st entire historical past of the kingdom because the ebook of Thomas D. Clark's landmark background of Kentucky over sixty years in the past. a brand new historical past of Kentucky brings the Commonwealth to lifestyles, from Pikeville to the acquisition, from Covington to Corbin, this account unearths Kentucky's many faces and deep traditions. Lowell Harrison, professor emeritus of heritage at Western Kentucky collage, is the writer of many books, together with George Rogers Clark and the conflict within the West, The Civil conflict in Kentucky, Kentucky's highway to Statehood , Lincoln of Kentucky, and Kentucky's Governors.
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Colonists protested vehemently when King George I11 issued the Proclamation of 1763. It prohibited settlements west of the crest of the Appalachian Mountains and ordered anyone who had settled beyond this line to withdraw to the east. Private purchases of land from the Indians were declared illegal. The detested proclamation was not intended to represent permanent practice; the British government simply wanted time in which to decide on a western policy. Time was needed to move Indians out of the way, regardless of the land decision.
Spain received the French claims to the trans-Mississippi and to the city of New Orleans. Possession of the West became a British concern, and Virginia was in the forefront of the race for westward expansion. While the population east of the mountains slowly occupied the prime acres in the eastern portion of the Old Dominion, a surprisingly large number of explorers were expanding the knowledge of the transmontane. In 1742 John Howard led a party of five onto the western slopes of the mountains.
He would lead the party, and Boone would guide it. In the summer of 1773 Boone, his family, and other relatives who chose to make the move said good-bye to the ones who remained behind. It was a poignant parting, for there was a strong possibility that they were separating for the last time. By mid-August the Boone party had met the Russell group at Castle's Wood. Wagons could not then pass through Cumberland Gap, and all that could be taken was loaded on packhorses. Infants and chickens, heads bobbing as the trek got under way, were loaded in baskets slung across horses' backs.