Excerpt from The Frontiersmen: A Narrative of 1783
IN the year 1783, Western New York - or at least what was then deemed Western New York - was an almost unbroken wilderness, scarcely known to the inhabitants of the eastern and south-eastern portions of the State; although th... e greater part of that large tract of territory then known as Tryon County, was especially an unexplored country. It is true that occasion ally some adventurous pioneer had penetrated the wilderness, and endeavored to form for himself and family a home, where, if he could not enjoy the luxuries and comforts to be found in more populous sections, he could at least be freed from many of the evils incident to the growing settlements and cities. Some there were, who had not these inducements, but, moved by a Spirit of hardy enterprise, and with a love for the excitements and dangers of a pioneer life, penetrated the wilderness alone, with no companion but the ri¿e - a sure and steadfast friend amidst the dangers which were certain to beset him.
Thus, an adventurous traveler, who perhaps fancied himself the first white man who had ever toiled through the forests of this portion of the State, would be surprised as he came upon the traces of civilization, in a log hut, situated. Perhaps, in the midst of a few acres of partially cleared wilderness. When such happened to be the case, it would be no occasion for won der that the traveler and the settler became at once acquaintances and friends. The news from the settlements - inquiries for friends, and political information, would gladly be exchanged for the homely but welcome entertainment, which was at once provided.
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