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John Filson's Book on the Settlement of Kentucky

The Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucke

The title page of John Filson's The Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucke (1784) notes that an appendix to the book contains "The Adventures of Col. Daniel Boon [sic], one of the first Settlers"—the author's romanticized version of Boone's life.

Citation: The Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucke: and An Essay Towards the Topography, and Natural History of that Important Country. A 1784 .F43. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: John Filson

Created: 1784

Medium: Title page

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

Carte de Kentucke

This foldout map of Kentucky is from the French edition of John Filson's Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucke (1785), a book that helped bring international fame to the frontiersman Daniel Boone. (The American version of the book was published the previous year.) In addition to detailing topographical features, the map includes a key at the top that notes the location of military fortifications, towns, houses and mills, Native American encampments, and places where salt can be found.

Citation: Histoire de Kentucke, Nouvelle Colonie à L'Ouest de la Virginie: Contenant, 1°. A1785 .F55. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: John Filson; André, artist

Created: 1785

Medium: Map

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

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  • The Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucke

    The title page of John Filson's The Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucke (1784) notes that an appendix to the book contains "The Adventures of Col. Daniel Boon [sic], one of the first Settlers"—the author's romanticized version of Boone's life.

    Citation: The Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucke: and An Essay Towards the Topography, and Natural History of that Important Country. A 1784 .F43. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: John Filson

    Created: 1784

    Medium: Title page

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • Carte de Kentucke

    This foldout map of Kentucky is from the French edition of John Filson's Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucke (1785), a book that helped bring international fame to the frontiersman Daniel Boone. (The American version of the book was published the previous year.) In addition to detailing topographical features, the map includes a key at the top that notes the location of military fortifications, towns, houses and mills, Native American encampments, and places where salt can be found.

    Citation: Histoire de Kentucke, Nouvelle Colonie à L'Ouest de la Virginie: Contenant, 1°. A1785 .F55. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: John Filson; André, artist

    Created: 1785

    Medium: Map

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections