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* This county, it is to be remembered, has since been divided.

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surface of the ground, came to a large flat store, under which was a well

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their discovery of the best tract of land in North America, and probably in the world. From this period it remained concealed till about the

year 1767, when one join Finley and some ctners, trading with the Indians, fortunately travelled over the fertile region, now called Kentucky, then but known to the Indians, by the name of the Dark and Bloody

Grounds, and sometimes the Middle Ground. This country greatly en

gaged Mr. Finley's attention. Some time after disputes arising between the Indians traders, he was obliged to decamp; and returned to his place of residence in North-Carolina, where he communicated his disco

very to Col. Daniel Boon, and a few more, who conceiving it to be an in

teresting object, agreed in the year 1769 to undertake a journey in order to explore it. After a long fatiguing march, over a mountainous wilder

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provisions, which were readily procured, there being plenty of game,

while Col. Boon and John Finley made a tour through the country, which

they found far exceeding their cxpectations, and returning to camp, informed their companions of their discoveries: But in spite of this promising beginning, this company, meeting with nothing but hardships and adversity, grew exceedingly disheartened, and was plundered, dispersed and killed by the indians, except Col. Boon, who continued an inhabitant of the wilderness until the year 1771, when he returned home. About this time Kentucky had drawn the attention of several gentlemen. Doctor Walker of Virginia, with a number more, made a tour westward for discoveries, endeavouring to find the Ohio river; and afterwards he and General Lewis, at Fort Stanwix, purchased from the Five Nations of Indians the lands lying on the north side of Kentucky. Col. }}onaldson, of Virginia, being employed by the state to run a line from six miles above the Long Island, on Holstein, to the mouth of the Great

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