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The Art of Mort Künstler / The American Spirit / Beginnings

Here you will find a pictorial chronicle of the drama and excitement of American History. These paintings give the viewer an insight into the tumultuous life of this young nation that mere words cannot achieve.

Daniel Boone

Historical Information
Born in Pennsylvania in 1734, Boone lived a long and adventurous life on a succession of frontiers. A hunter at the age of twelve, he served in Braddock's ill-fated campaign of 1755, and a decade later made his first foray into Kentucky. After a protracted journey to that enchanting land he became an agent of Richard Henderson of North Carolina, who was planting a colony in what was then called Transylvania. It was in that capacity that Boone marked out the "Wilderness Road" and established a series of small settlements, one of them appropriately named Boonesboro.

Captured by the fierce Shawnees in 1778, he was not slaughtered but adopted by them. Aware that Boonesboro was to be attacked, he managed to escape in time to warn the settlement and to defend it against attackers. This, more than any other action, made him a folk hero.

Date Created: 1984

Medium: Opaque watercolor

Image Size: 15" x 13 1/2"


All illustrations by Mort Künstler. Text by Michael Aubrecht, Dee Brown, Henry Steele Commager, Rod Gragg, Mort Künstler, Edward Lengel, James McPherson, and James I. Robertson, Jr. - Copyright © 2001-2022. All Rights Reserved. No part of the contents of this web site may be reproduced or utilized in any form by any means without written consent of the artist.