TV Series | | Adventure, History, Western
Frontier hero Daniel Boone conducts surveys and expeditions around Boonesborough, running into both friendly and hostile Indians, just before and during the Revolutionary War.
According to the History Channel series The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen, Daniel Boone's life in Boonesborough was nothing like this TV show. Boone was captured by Shawnee warriors in 1778 (about three years after the founding of Boonesborough) who were allies with the British, taking him to a British encampment. He was ordered to surrender Boonesborough and on the way back, he escaped the group of Indians he was with and alerted Boonesborough that the Shawnees were planning an attack. After 10 days of Indian attacks against the fort, the Indians retreated after being alerted of an approaching militia that was sent for earlier. The captain of the militia wanted to retaliate against the Indians, basically planning to wipe them out. Boone wanted nothing to do with the attack, so he left Boonesborough never to return.
This series gave rise to the urban legend that Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett were one and the same person. In fact, the producers had intended the show to be about Crockett, but Walt Disney would not sell them the rights, so they used the name Daniel Boone instead.