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Hunters of Kentucky Hardcover – April 1, 2003

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About the Author

Ted Franklin Belue has previously edited "The Life of Daniel Boone" (0811709795), and "A Sketch of the Life and Character of Daniel Boone" (0811715221), and written "The Long Hunt: Death of the Buffalo East of the Mississippi" (081170968X).


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1 edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811708837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811708838
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bill Scurlock on May 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
These days, Kenta-Ke remains a symbol of the first "Far West," a New World Eden that sparked mass migrations through the Cumberland Gap and down the Ohio and, ultimately, creation of the Union's fifteenth state. In Twentieth Century Fox's 1991 version of The Last of the Mohicans, when Nathaniel "Hawkeye" Poe declares that he is "heading west, to Kenta-Ke," he's speaking for all Americans seeking elbow-room. In reality, Hawkeye, like Kenta-Ke, are metaphors for two centuries interpreted and reinterpreted in a literary glut tantamount to a cottage industry.
It would be hard to write about all of this with a fresh eye, but Ted Franklin Belue, in this his fourth and newest release, The Hunters of Kentucky: A Narrative History of America's First Far West 1750-1792, manages to do just that. And artfully so.
The Hunters of Kentucky is unlike any Kentucky book ever before written-a bold statement, considering the number of books out there on the Commonwealth, Daniel Boone, Simon Kenton, Long Knives and longhunters. Belue's Hunters opens with a dark, brooding, Iliad-like prologue describing the Ohio Valley's first inhabitants and the land's despoliation during the brutal era of the Beaver Wars and ends with the Treaty of Lancaster (1744), setting the stage for exploration and settlement.
Then, seeking to restore a balance lacking in most histories, mainly that Daniel Boone was far from being the only capable woodsman roaming Kentucky, The Hunters of Kentucky tells of the sweep of humantide infiltrating the Middle Ground via an anthology of sagas, narratives and themes with overlapping shifts in chronology and voice.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James R. Holden on April 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ted Franklin Belue knows well the colorful history of the Trans-Appalachian region, a fact that is fully evident in his recently published The Hunters of Kentucky, (Stackpole Books, 315 pages, $29.95). This excellent book will be of interest to a wide spectrum of readers. Those not familiar with the Kentucky backcountry will learn a lot. Those already knowledgeable about the facts will come away with a heightened appreciation for the unique character of the Kentucky frontier. Belue's approach differs from the usual form of narrative employed by most historians. Rather than include all the players and events in the drama, the author has selected certain personalities and subjects to emphasize, weaving an intriguing tapestry of the Kentucky frontier-in effect a backwoods mood piece. By employing this technique, Belue exhibits a much more distinctive style of writing than was evident in his equally valuable earlier book, The Long Hunt.
Following a prologue, The Hunters of Kentucky is divided into ten chapters. Each chapter is followed by a shorter exposition, termed an interlude. Among the major figures featured are Dr. Thomas Walker, Christopher Gist, Thomas Bullitt, Daniel Boone, Nicholas Cresswell, Daniel Trabue, James Estill, Pompey, George Michael Bedinger, and Spencer Records. Subjects covered include exploration, surveying, warfare, buffalo, clothing, long hunters, and weapons. A helpful chronology appears in an appendix. The maps and illustrations are first-rate .
One of the most interesting sections of The Hunters of Kentucky describes how the long rifle came to be identified specifically with Kentucky.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Prechtel on November 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Get ready to head down the trail towards to cane breaks!
Ted Belue's 4th offering "The Hunters Of Kentucky" will
set you directly in the middle of the wilds of that unexplored
hunters paradise called KANTA-KE! Belue's "Hunters" is a fantastic
read, chronicling the early exploration of Kentucky, including
the original native inhabitants, gentlemen explorers, itinerant hunters,
and the early settlers who dared to make this wooded eden their home.
Belue neatly and expertly seperates mythic fact and romance from meaty fact,
delivering up the rich and detailed history of the Kanta-Ke territory. From the
migration of the "Shawanoe" peoplesto the impact of the beaver wars between
the French & English as they grapple control of a continent away from
the Spanish and Dutch. Included are narratives and biographic sketches
of some of the early explorers, traders and hunters. Follow Dr, Thomas Walkers
four month, 1750 exploration of the Kentucky country, as well as Christopher
Gist's and Nicholas Cresswell's tour of the of the Kentucky lands.
Belue details the incurssion of the of the buckskin clad "shirtmen" who
came following the red deer, foreshadowing the first tendrils of an
unstoppable tide of settlers, and the resultant decades of war and strife between the anglo invaders and the native peoples, including the brutal
aftermath of frontier warfare and an end to a way of life for the native peoples.
Belue weaves a rich colorful tapestry of mostly forgotten frontier personalities
including Andrew Montour, Monk Estill and pompey the black Shawnee, as
well as the more well known personalities of Boone, Kenton, Girty and others.
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