Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn August 17, 1786, David Crockett was born near what is now Limestone, Tennessee. Davy (he preferred David) Crockett became emblematic of the early 19th-century Old West, nicknamed “King of the Wild Frontier.”Crockett initially found success in the military, opposing Native Americans in the Creek War in Alabama and Tennessee, and the British in Florida during the War of 1812. In the military, Crockett used his legendary hunting and tracking skills to support fellow soldiers.Crockett became an enormously popular figure, and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He opposed the Indian Removal Act, the forced relocation of thousands of Native Americans from throughout the Southeast to what is now Oklahoma. His support for his onetime enemies cost Crockett his political career. After losing his seat in Congress, he allegedly told his constituents “You can all go to hell, and I’m going to Texas.”He did go to Texas, which was then the Mexican state of Tejas. Crockett supported the Texas Revolution, in which Texans fought for independence from Mexico. Crockett was killed at the Battle of the Alamo.Davy Crockett’s popularity soared again in the 1950s, when the “Davy Crockett” television miniseries was a hit for the Walt Disney Company, thanks in no small part to the catchy theme song.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry alleged Adjective
supposed or presumed.
legislative branch of the government, responsible for making laws. The U.S. Congress has two bodies, the House of Representatives and the Senate.
resident or voter in a representative's district.
coonskin cap Noun
brimless hat made of raccoon fur, with a tail hanging down the back.
symbolic or representative.
forced relocation Noun
migration of people from one place to another, as ordered by the government or international authority.
largely unpopulated area that is slowly being opened up for settlement.
House of Representatives Noun
federal branch of Congress in the United States, with state representatives elected every two years.
to pursue and kill an animal, usually for food.
state or situation of being free.
famous, heroic, or celebrated.
landmass that forms as tectonic plates interact with each other.
Native American Noun
person whose ancestors were native inhabitants of North or South America. Native American usually does not include Eskimo or Hawaiian people.
Old West Noun
time period that refers to the western part of North America in the 19th century.
to be or act against something.
having to do with public policy, government, administration, or elected office.
river valley Noun
depression in the earth caused by a river eroding the surrounding soil.
person who serves in a military.
young child, usually between the ages of one and three, learning to walk.
to follow the traces (tracks) of another person or animal.