Thursday, March 26, 2015

Legendary Heroes of America

American Fictional Legends:


Paul Bunyon - is an American myth, a giant and lumberjack (drevorubač) from the woods in the northern United States and Canada, who could cut down several trees with one blow of his axe (sekera). He would use his pet, Babe the Blue Ox (vôl), to help people, doing impossible chores (domáce práce), like making roads by dragging logs (ťahanie kmenov) through the forest. Some think the legend may come originally from Quebec, because "bon yenne!" is a French-Canadian expression of surprise.

American Historical Legends:


Daniel Boone (1734 – 1820) - He was an American pioneer (priekopník), most famous for his exploration and settlement (osada) of what is now Kentucky. He founded the village of Boonesborough, Kentucky, one of the first American settlements west of the Appalachians. Daniel Boone fought in the American Revolution, mostly against native Americans. He was captured (bol zajatý) by the Shawnee in 1778, who adopted him into their tribe (kmeň). Stories were published about him, starting in 1784 that made him famous in America and Europe.

Johnny Appleseed (1774 – 1845) - John Chapman, called Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer nurseryman (záhradník) and Christian missionary who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. He became an American legend in his own lifetime, due to his kind, and generous (štedrý) ways. His father also fought the British during the American Revolution.

Davy Crockett (1786-1836) - was an American folk hero, pioneer, soldier, and politician. He represented Tennessee in congress, and fought in the Texas Revolution, where he died in the Battle of the Alamo.

Buffalo Bill (1846-1917) - William Cody was a soldier, scout, bison hunter, and showman. He started working at the age of eleven after his father's death, and became a rider for the Pony Express at age 14. He served during the American Civil War. Later, he served as a civilian scout to the US Army during the Indian Wars, receiving the Medal of Honor in 1872. Buffalo Bill started performing in shows and founded his own, Buffalo Bill's Wild West, in 1883.

Annie Oakley (1860-1926) - She was a sharpshooter (ostrostrelec), performing in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. She was one of the first woman superstars in America.

Buffalo Bill with some of the members of his show.

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