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By Ted Olson

In the years instantly previous the founding of the yank kingdom the Blue Ridge zone, which stretches via huge sections of Virginia and North Carolina and elements of surrounding states alongside the Appalachian chain, was once the yankee frontier. In colonial instances, it used to be settled by way of hardy, autonomous humans from numerous cultural backgrounds that didn't healthy with the English-dominated society. The landless, the stressed, and the rootless Daniel Boone, the main recognized of the settlers, and driven the frontier westward.

The settlers who didn't migrate to new lands turned geographically remoted and politically and economically marginalized. but they created gratifying lives for themselves through forging powerful and regularly subtle folklife traditions, a lot of which undergo within the area this day.

In 1772 the Blue Ridge was once the location of the Watauga organization, frequently stated because the first unfastened and democratic non-native govt at the American continent. In 1780 Blue Ridge pioneers helped win the progressive struggle for the patriots by way of defeating Patrick Ferguson's military of British loyalists on the conflict of Kings Mountain. while gold used to be found within the southernmost portion of the Blue Ridge, the USA skilled its first gold rush and the following tragic displacement of the region's aboriginal humans.

Having been spared by way of the twist of fate of geology and topography from the extra environmentally harmful manifestations of industrialization, coal mining, and dam construction, the Blue Ridge sector nonetheless harbors scenic normal good looks in addition to vestiges of the earliest cultures of southern Appalachia.

As it describes the main attribute and critical verbal, time-honored, and fabric traditions, this interesting, fact-filled e-book lines the historic improvement of the region's special folklife.

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In 1772, the Blue Ridge was the site of the Watauga Association, the first democratic, representative government ever formed in North America. In 1780, settlers from the region defeated Patrick Ferguson's army of British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain, helping to win the Revolutionary War for the patriots. Shortly thereafter, settlers in the southernmost section of the Blue Ridge staged the nation's first gold rush, which sped up the forced eviction of the region's aboriginal residents, including the tragic displacement of the predominant native group, the Cherokee, during the Trail of Tears in the 1830s (a deeply ironic episode in American history, given the fact that settlers from the Old World had endured the difficulties of living in this rugged New World wilderness in large part because they had borrowed so heavily from regional Native American cultural traditions).

First, for supporting me in my various endeavors over the years, thanks to my mother, Claire Thomes Olson (a special acknowledgment is in order here, since she is the one who entrusted me with the family car when I was in high school so that I might explore the Blue Ridge on weekends), my siblings, Peter, Martha, Rick, and Libby, and my stepfather, Neil Clark. My late father, Kenneth G. Olson, who lived for a time in the Virginia Blue Ridge, was deeply interested in traditional cultures worldwide, and he often sent me fascinating books on such subjects.

By this time, population pressures in the piedmont region were forcing widespread discussions about Kentucky as the logical next place of settlement for new immigrants and disgruntled colonists. As word of Boone's extensive experience in Kentucky spread through the colonies, the colonial ruling classesespecially government officials and land speculatorsrealized he might play a significant role in their chief political and economic goal, which of course, was to open the West to settlement and to make it as profitable as possible.

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