By Lowell H. Harrison, James C. Klotter

" the 1st accomplished historical past of the nation because the e-book of Thomas D. Clark's landmark historical past of Kentucky over sixty years in the past. a brand new historical past of Kentucky brings the Commonwealth to existence, from Pikeville to the acquisition, from Covington to Corbin, this account unearths Kentucky's many faces and deep traditions. Lowell Harrison, professor emeritus of heritage at Western Kentucky collage, is the writer of many books, together with George Rogers Clark and the battle within the West, The Civil battle in Kentucky, Kentucky's street to Statehood , Lincoln of Kentucky, and Kentucky's Governors.

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Westerners who were eager to open Indian lands to settlement flocked to join the expedition. Isaac Shelby, William Russell, William Fleming, William Preston, Samuel McDowell, William Christian, James Harrod, George Rogers Clarkthese were a few of the men important in Kentucky's early history who joined the expedition. Lewis raised a force of thirteen hundred that advanced in three groups. The warriors, estimated at three A NEW HISTORY OF KENTUCKY hundred to eleven hundred-those who fought them usually selected the higher figure-waged a determined, skillfil battle against the larger white army.

Much of the activity in Kentucky in 1775 still centered around surveyors who were preparing the way for settlers and, accompanying settlement, the endless lawsuits over land that continuedwell into the nineteenth century. The continued scramble for good claims involved both individuals and companies. Unlike the system common in New England, where land was surveyed and boundaries were established before settlers were allowed to occupy it, the Virginia land system allowed claims to be selected and occupied before official surveying was done.

Traders became increasingly interested in the fur and skin trade with the Indians, who were developing a desire for European goods of many kinds. Both France and Great Britain encouraged such trade, for they hoped to win the allegiance of the Indian tribes-or at least their neutralityduring the series of intercolonial wars, which lasted from 1689 to 1763. Both generals and diplomats focused their attention on the Forks of the Ohio, one of the strategic spots in North America. In 1753 a young Virginian named George Washington was sent to warn the French away from the fort they had established at Duquesne in the disputed region.

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