William S. Bryan, "Daniel Boone's Western "Palatinate," Missouri Historical Review 3 (1906) 198-99

William S. Bryan, "Daniel Boone's Western "Palatinate," Missouri Historical Review 3 (1906) 198-99

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DB's vision was of a kind of "palatinate," an <aristocratic organization in the sylvan shades of the Spanish possessions. Slavery was a necessary feature of such a system, and consequently all the families that came to Upper Louisiana at Boone's solicitation were slave holders; but usually in a small lway. None of the great slave lords of the South ventured west of the Mississippi at that early date. Boone himself owned a few slaves, but he was opposed to the system; and yet, regarding it as a permanent evil, to be endured because it could not be put away, he sought to ameliorate its harsher conditions. He believed that a community of independent landlords, actuated by liberal and humane sentiments, would be willing and able, in their affluent circumstances, to institute and carry out measures of reform better and more thoroughly than such a work could be done by the small farmers of the older States. It was an impracticable dream, but it demonstrated the benevolence of his disposition, as well as the breadth of his statesmanship; and if the plan could have suceeded, even measurably, it might have made an interesting page in American history.> William S. Bryan, "Daniel Boone's Western 'Palatinate,'" MHR 3 (1906-09):198-99.

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