By Tiffany Amber Stockton
Last month, we delved into the history and development of Bluegrass music and the inspirations behind it stemming from the ballads of Scotland and Ireland. If you missed last month's post, you can read it here.
Today, it's back to some names of individuals who contributed greatly to the expansion into the Frontier west of the Appalachians.
AMERICAN FRONTIER PIONEER
When stories from the Revolutionary War are told, towns like Lexington and Concord or events like Crossing the Delaware and winter at Valley Forge are brandished everywhere. How often do you hear about the American Frontier, though? Sure, Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett are the names of many bigger-than-life folk tales, but what about the heroes who are often overlooked?
There was a ruling from England that settlers could not expand west across the mountains, but colonists didn't exactly like those restrictions, so the adventurous pioneers moved out there anyway. In retaliation, the British engaged Native Americans to attack any settlements, leaving most settlers unprotected. That's where Clark stepped in to gain support.
Unfortunately, as the highest ranking officer leading those campaigns, he often had to personally sign for supplies. When he appealed to the state of Virginia to cover the costs, no one wanted to take responsibility for those wartime debts. He died penniless in 1818. Only his heirs were able to finally receive a settlement from the government four years later.
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