The Backcountry By Allie, Julia F, and Emma B


The Backcountry was a region of dense forests and rushing streams in or close to the Appalachian Mountains. In the south the backcountry began at the fall line. Its resources are easily used by a family that wants a small farm. This region has bodies of water that provide many things like food and water for the backcountry people. Beyond the fall line is the piedmont. This is called the “foot of the mountain.”

The first settlers in the backcountry were Europeans. They paid for goods with deer skin. The unit of value was buck skin or also known as “buck”. Then in the 1700 the Scottish came to the Americas. The Scottish used the clan systems which were large groups of families. As you can see the backcountry was distant from coastal populations so the settlers had a different approach of life.

Daniel Boon by: Allie H.

An American frontiersman and explorer, Daniel Boone was the greatest woodsman in United States history. He left behind many lands that he had discovered, protected, settled, and improved. He was the main topic of many stories. After his death people exaggerated both his accomplishments and his flaws. He was born on November 2, 1734 in Reading, Pennsylvania and he died on September 26, 1820 in St. Charles, Missouri. Boone participated in Braddock's attempt to capture Fort Duquesne during the French and Indian War (1754–63), a war fought between the British and the French for control over land in North America. As an agent for Richard Henderson (1735 –1785) and his Transylvania Company, Boone led the first group of colonists to Kentucky, reaching the site of Boone’s borough in April 1775. Later that year he brought west another party, which included his family. He has a wife named Rebecca Bryan who he had married on August 14, 1756. He always said "A good gun, a good horse, and a good wife!" Boone was moderately well known from several books about his wilderness adventures when Lord Byron wrote about him in the 1823 poem Don Juan. This made the explorer world famous three years after his death and led people to tell many exaggerated stories about him. Love of adventure, skill in the outdoors, and made Daniel Boone a symbol of early America.

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Clothing and Fashion in the Backcountry by: Julia F.

Colonial America had many ways of making clothing. The Backcountry had its own ways.
People in the Backcountry wore many different things. Such as; raccoon skin hats, moccasins, earrings made of feathers, shirts, skirts, and pants. They usually copied what the Native Americans wore in Colonial America. Say, the Native American’s started to wear moccasins with feathers on them; the people in the backcountry would start to wear the same.
The Backcountry was isolated from the rest. It wasn’t located near many ports. Therefore, people in the Backcountry were “living under a rock.” Meaning they didn’t “get the fashion styles of the month.”
In conclusion, people in the Backcountry wore many different types and forms of clothes.

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How to Build a Log Cabin by: Emma B.

Colonial America had a lot of “buildings.” People in the Backcountry made log cabins. Log cabins were very difficult to make.

First, you must make a basement and you should have many logs! The basement is usually under the ground. Second, take the logs and stack them up one by one on top of each other, horizontal and vertical. This is how to make the walls and build them up. Also leave spaces for the windows and doorway. Then comes the roof. The roof needs a frame, template, roofing boards, roofing felt, and either asphalt shingles or cedar shingles. Finally you can start putting in your windows and doors into the places you left spaces for.

In conclusion, a log cabin is a very complex process. This needs patience, hard work, talent, and you learn many new skills along the way of making a log cabin!

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Work Cited:

Creating America: A History of the United States. Evanston, Illinois: McDougal Littell, 2003. 126-130. Print.

"The Outlands: Building a Log Cabin." N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Nov 2010.