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Frontiers—Then and Now

James C. Klotter and Freda C. Klotter

in A Concise History of Kentucky

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780813124988
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135298 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124988.003.0001
Frontiers—Then and Now

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Although the word frontier often refers to a border between places, this word has taken a wide variety of meanings over different times. The first person to step on the soil of what is now known as Kentucky is unknown, but that first person—which was likely to have been included in a group referred to as Native Americans or Indians—was able to initiate the process of people living in that area. The European explorers who first came to America must have felt the same as this person as they may have perceived the New World to entail new opportunities for them. Today, though, the meaning of frontier may refer to more than just traveling to other places as it may also mean discovering new learning and knowledge. People who study the past are also considered explorers since they also want to discover new things. This chapter looks into various interpretations of frontier and how this may have affected new knowledge, particularly to the Native Americans of Kentucky.

Keywords: Kentucky; past; frontier; border; America; Native Americans; Indians; European explorers; New World; new knowledge

Chapter.  3259 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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