Thomas Perkins Abernethy, Western Lands and the American Revolution (New York: Russell and Russell, 1959)

Thomas Perkins Abernethy, Western Lands and the American Revolution (New York: Russell and Russell, 1959)

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CUMBERLANDGAP was used mostly by home-seekers from the piedmont and valleys of VA and NC, the northern route down the Ohio by Scotch-Irish pioneers from western PA and upcountry Virginians. ABERNATHY:64
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Thomas Perkins Abernethy, Western Lands and the American Revolution (New York: Russell and Russell, 1959)

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The Bluegrass lands were some of the best within the confines of Virginia's grant, and were sought by strong, powerful, and determined men. Legal claims were fastened upon them even before settlers began to arrive in appreciable numbers. Even before 1800 prices were as high as $100 per acre. The Bluegrass was never a poor man's country. The leaders of Kentucky were the surveyors and lawyers of the Virginia and Pennsylvania elites who owned the land. They tended to be Presbyterian rather than Anglican, and there were a number of shoddy characters among them. In a number of ways this was indeed a less-cultured version of Virginia, but it was by no means a frontier of equality and independent individualism. There was a good deal of class antagonism, caused by the insecurity of land titles. "These conditions are a far cry from the idealized picture of the frontier where simplicity and equalitarianism reign on the verge of the forest, but they are fairly typical of the early Southwest." ABERNATHY:65-72, 95
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