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The Great Wagon Road by Parke Rouse

The Great Wagon Road (1973)

by Parke Rouse

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As pioneer settlers moved inland, they usually followed the paths over which Indians had hunted and traded. Few trails in early America were more important than the Indian route which extended east of the Appalachians from Pennsylvania to Georgia. This ancient Warriors' Path was long used by Iroquois tribesmen of the north to come south and trade or make war in Virginia and the Carolinas. By a series of treaties with the Five Nations of the Iroquois, the English acquired the land of the Warriors' Path in 1744. The growth of the route after 1744 into the principal highway the colonial back country is an important chapter in the development of a nation. Over the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road, vast numbers of English, Scotch-Irish, and Germanic settlers entered this continent and claimed lands.
  catawbahistory | Dec 6, 2013 |
The Great Wagon Road is familiar to family historians as a major migration route of the 18th century. Parke Rouse, Jr., provides a history of the road -- its environs, the peoples who traveled it, and the major events that occurred in its vicinity. The book has its weaknesses. Only one map is included. The end notes suggest that the author relied more heavily on secondary than on primary sources. And, as is often the case in books filled with facts, there are some inaccuracies in the text. The book will, however, nicely supplement other resources on migration routes and the 18th century American frontier, and it would be a useful addition to the genealogist's library. ( )
1 vote cbl_tn | Apr 7, 2009 |
Good history of how people moved from Pennsylvania thorugh Va to North and South Carolina to settle the Scots-Irish in these areas. A good book for both history and genealogy. ( )
1 vote MarthaLillie | Mar 21, 2007 |
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The handful of brave Europeans who explored inland during the first hundred years of America's English settlement looked upon a wilderness which dazzled them with its beauty and richness.
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The Great Wagon Road from Philadelphia to the South was first publishedd by McGraw Hill as part of its "Great American Trails" series, edited by A. B. Gutherie, Jr. It was instantly recognized for its insight into the birth of the American South from the early 1700's until the Civil War. Historian Carl Bridenbaugh wrote that "In the last sixteen years of the colonial era, southbound traffic along the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road was numbered in tens of thousands; it was the most heavily travelled road in all America..." and Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson marked its route on their map of Virginia in 1754 as "the great Wagon Road from the Yadkin River through Virginia to Philadelphia distant 435 miles."

Over the years the Road led countless Scotch-Irish, Germanic, and English settlers southward from Philadelphia to settle the Appalachian uplands from Pennsylvania to Georgia. Over the Road went the progenitors of John Sevier of Tennessee, John Caldwell Calhoun of South Carolina, Sam Houston of Texas, Cyrus McCormick of Virginia, and other Americans.

Countless cities and towns from Philadelphia to Augusta, Georgia, owe their beginning to early camp sites along the Road that grew into tavern locations, then into county seats, and then into centers of agriculture and industry. Today such Wagon Road towns as Lancaster, York, and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Harper's Ferry, West Virginia; Winchester, Newmarket, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Lexington, and Rocky Mount, Virginia; Winston-Salem, Salisbury, and Charlotte, North Carolina; and Newberry and Camden, South Carolina have grown along the onetime settler's trail.

The Great Wagon Road also tells of Daniel Boone's pioneering from Big Lick, Virginia-now Roanoke-into the territory of Kentucky. Boone Expedited western settlement by cutting a trail across Cumberland Gap on Virginia's frontier to lead settlers in Revolutionary years into dangerous Indian country.

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