"It is the mid-eighteenth century, and in the 13 colonies founded by Great Britain, anxious colonists desperate to conquer and settle North Americaâs âFirst Frontierâ beyond the Appalachian Mountains commence a series of bloody battles. These violent conflicts are waged against the Native American tribes whose lands they covet, the French, and finally against the mother country itself in an American Revolution destined to reverberate around the world. This is the setting of Blood and Treasure, and the guide to this epic narrative is Americaâs first and arguably greatest pathfinder, Daniel Booneânot the coonskin cap-wearing caricature of popular culture but the flesh-and-blood frontiersman and Revolutionary War hero whose explorations into the forested frontier beyond the great mountains would become the stuff of legend. Now, thanks to painstaking research by two award-winning authors, the story of the brutal birth of the United States is told through the eyes of both the ordinary and larger-than-life men and women, white and red, who witnessed it."--book jacket.
Part 1: The frontier -- A patient pathfinder -- "The single nation to fear" -- The long hunters -- Into the Yadkin -- The Ohio country -- Kanta-ke -- Braddock's folly -- Rebecca Ryan -- The Cherokee wars -- "Boone's surprise" -- Part II: The explorers -- "An execrable race" -- Pontiac's demise -- By royal proclamation -- The gap -- The warrior's path -- "Without . . . even a horse or a dog" -- "A second paradise" -- Cold rain mixed with the tears -- Part III: The settlers -- A white invasion -- Lord Dunmore's war -- Logan's lament -- Boone's trace -- A new world -- Revolution -- Kidnapped -- An Indian army -- Abandoned settlements -- "The best little Indian fight" -- Part IV: The conquest -- Taken -- She-tow-ee -- A mistrusted hero -- Prelude to a siege -- A haze of stinking sulfurous smoke -- "Widder maker" -- War in the west -- Boone's station -- The Moravian Massacre -- Death at Blue Licks -- "Blood and treasure.".