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Pioneers: Making the Arduous Journey:
In 1775, after Daniel Boone and his crew had blazed the Wilderness Trail, pioneers began journeying westward across the Cumberland Gap in search of new opportunities. The American Revolution was brewing in the East and many people felt the push to leave the uncertainty that came with political unrest. Others, many of them Scots-Irish, were pulled by the promise of land ownership and the rich soil.
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