Boone's parents first settled in 1730 in a region populated by many diverse people - English, Welsh, Scots-Irish, Germans, Swedes, Huguenots & Lenape Indians.
Daniel was born in 1734 spending his first 16 years
with his family before starting a life long adventure of being one of
our country’s first frontiersmen.
Daniel Boone was one of the most adventurous of our
heroes, the huntsman from
An inveterate pioneer, Boone continued to move
West. After the Revolutionary War, he settled for a few years in
Frontiersmen (frdn-tlzé man) n. A man living in a frontier area, an independent individual with skills to survive on ones own ability.
This description says it all “A man living in a frontier area, an independent individual with skills to survive on ones own ability.” Remember the term “man” refers to either sex, male or female that lives on the frontier or borderlands (settlements near by that area). This is interesting when you go a step further, it’s not just the adventurer, explorer or trapper, but everyone, skilled or unskilled that where involved in the development of this land.
This is why the “North American Frontiersmen” was formed to meet those missed by other associations and organizations. Now you have a home that covers all the various labors of the new world from the camp follower to the highly skilled trappers that roamed from 1750 to 1843
NAF (North American Frontiersmen) is an association dedicated to the
learning and preservation of frontier skills and having fun doing it.
This is not a group of re-enactors where "persona" is a
watchword and the number of stitches per inch an item of utmost
importance. Survival skills and the way of life practiced by men and
women of the American frontier from 1750 through 1843 are the abiding
interest, not the interpretation of coercive rules. The goal is to learn
and have fun.
attitudes do not prevail in this organization! Women have as much right
in the NAF as men, have the same type of memberships and can advance to
the same degrees under the same requirements. Not only are women
welcomed here, but they are respected members of this friendly society.
a serious attempt to prevent politics from ever becoming a fratricidal
or coercive force within the organization, the founders of the NAF have
written governing documents designed to prevent that. The by laws
provide for a weak central government that nevertheless has the ability
to prevent the ambitious from ascending to a position of dictator
status. They have also greatly hindered the abilities of self appointed
"clothing or equipment police" and rule mongers.
reading of the bylaws that are posted on the Internet, it is easy to see
that this organization is designed to further a collective knowledge of
the skills and lifestyles of the period at a professional level. Its
very lack of "you must" rules, no annual dues, and emphasis on
friendship and helpfulness, are proof of the intent of its members to
have fun. It is also the only group of its kind to recognize that not
every member of the frontier knew all the skills necessary for a
reasonably comfortable life. There were specialists then and therefore
should be now. The provision for "Master" grade membership -
indicating a specialist in one or more professions or trades - is
something entirely new to this lifestyle. It is one attainable by men,
women or youth, but these attainments will not be easy, some of them
anticipated to take five or six years or more of schooling, training,
and practice to attain. These Master levels will include all the skills
found on the frontiers: blacksmith, gunsmith, tracker, teamster, cooper,
cobbler, trapper, guide, tailor, and so on. Each petitioner to these
degrees will work with the guiding officers to develop a list of their
own requirements and how and when they will be fulfilled.
you are interested in learning and living history as it happened, not as
how some self-important functionaries have determined it must have
happened, you probably should give the North American Frontiersmen a
look. Membership is very affordable. All moneys collected are totally
accounted for and expenses kept to a minimum. Events are fun and
membership is designed for the establishment of a society of friendships
and common interests instead of status conscious cliques. There is room
for a plethora of interests and abilities. What more could you ask?
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