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Uncommon Race, Common Love

             The reason that Daniel Boone never harbored resentment towards the Indians will probably never be known to anyone except Boone himself. Boone viewed the ongoing battles between the Indians and the white man as a necessary instrument ordained to settle the wilderness, but actually desired to live in peace with the Native Americans. After examining Boone's life and the trials and tribulations he experienced as a trailblazer for the westward movement, it becomes clear why he had an unspoken respect for the Indians. This respect probably came from the traits Boone shared with the Indians. .
             Boone was born in 1734 to Quaker parents. His tolerance for the Indians and a gentle nature for most people can probably be traced back to his Quaker roots. Most Quakers, due to their strong religious beliefs were slow to be provoked. The pacifist and serene nature Boone possessed was very obvious. In 1773, Boone's son James was captured, tortured, and murdered by Cherokee Indians. If that incident wasn't enough to provoke hate for the Indians, in 1778 Boone lost another son, Israel, in the Battle of Blue Licks against the Shawnee Indians. .
             Boone's gentle nature was one of the traits that he shared with the Indians. Even though the Indians were seen as savages during this time, they were gentle and kind. They were only protecting their families and what little resources they had left. .
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             No matter how much the Indians gave up to the white man, the white man only wanted more. This is also mirrored in Boone's life. On several occasions Boone was a landowner, only to have it taken from him due to manipulations by lawyers and the red tape of land commissions. .
             Boone's days as a young boy in Pennsylvania was spent hunting and exploring. It was during his boyhood days that Boone gained some knowledge of the Indians. He learned some of the language and examined their ways. Boone also heard stories of the Indians from the older members of his family.

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