Early settlers like Daniel Boone traveled west by foot across the Appalachian Mountains and through the Cumberland Gap. As they entered what is now Kentucky, they found a lush paradise with grapevines, rich soil, forests, and plenty of animals to hunt. Word got out and soon hundreds of pioneers were heading west in search of a better life.
Questions and Answers
Question: If being a pioneer was so hard, why did people keep going west?
Answer: New England was getting crowded and early settlers were anxious for a better life. Rumors of rich farm land and prosperity tempted them. Those early Americans were determined, optimistic, and hardworking. It was also probably hard for them to imagine just how difficult their lives might be in the west.
Watch a video about the Cumberland Gap.
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