The Winning Of The West From The Alleghanies To The Mississippi, 1769-1776 by Theodore Iv RooseveltThe Winning Of The West From The Alleghanies To The Mississippi, 1769-1776 by Theodore Iv Roosevelt

The Winning Of The West From The Alleghanies To The Mississippi, 1769-1776

byTheodore Iv Roosevelt

Paperback | August 23, 2012

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Excerpt: ...family lived until the first crop was grown. A few of the more reckless and foolhardy, and more especially of those who were either merely hunters and not farmers, or else who were of doubtful character, lived entirely by themselves; but, as a rule, each knot of settlers was gathered together into a little stockaded hamlet, called a fort or station. This system of defensive villages was very distinctive of pioneer backwoods life, and was unique of its kind; without it the settlement of the west and southwest would have been indefinitely postponed. In no other way could the settlers have combined for defence, while yet retaining their individual ownership of the land. The Watauga forts or palisaded villages were of the usual kind, the cabins and blockhouses connected by a heavy loop-holed picket. They were admirably adapted for defence with the rifle. As there was no moat, there was a certain danger from an attack with fire unless water was stored within; and it was of course necessary to guard carefully against surprise. But to open assault they were practically impregnable, and they therefore offered a sure haven of refuge to the settlers in case of an Indian inroad. In time of peace, the inhabitants moved out, to live in their isolated log-cabins and till the stump-dotted clearings. Trails led through the dark forests from one station to another, as well as to the settled districts beyond the mountains; and at long intervals men drove along them bands of pack-horses, laden with the few indispensable necessaries the settlers could not procure by their own labor. The pack-horse was the first, and for a long time the only, method of carrying on trade in the backwoods; and the business of the packer was one of the leading frontier industries. The settlers worked hard and hunted hard, and lived both plainly and roughly. Their cabins were roofed with clapboards, or huge shingles, split from the log with maul and wedge, and held in place by heavy...
Title:The Winning Of The West From The Alleghanies To The Mississippi, 1769-1776Format:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:August 23, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1153725886

ISBN - 13:9781153725880

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