Re: Dan'l Boone & Natty Bumppo

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Posted by Elaine on January 21, 1999 at 06:39:47:

In Reply to: Dan'l Boone & Natty Bumppo posted by Champ on January 21, 1999 at 02:29:16:

: O'siyo All,

: it has been awhile since reviewing Mohican Musings, thus I went back for a "refresher" ;-) and while reading about who might've inspired the creation of our beloved Hawkeye, y'all make a very strong case for Shipman, I recall that a number of Dan'l Boone biographers [including the A&E Biography series] makes a strong case that Boone also inspired Cooper in his creation [in paticular Boone's rescuing of the girls abducted by the Shawnee].
: It is possible to think that "Hawkeye" was in fact a "composite" of both men [I would consider Robert Rogers a remote canidate], as you point out, Shipman was known in his region, & Boone was a legend in his own time.

: "Champ"

Wow, Champ! You've really been wandering these trails within our site! Thanks .....

Yes, Hawkeye was most likely a composite character. Daniel Boone, maybe Robert Rogers, definitely David Shipman, and the many anonymous "sons of a trackless forest", as Mark Baker has called them, are represented & honored by Cooper's Natty Bumppo.

The point of that Musing was to 'introduce' the individual man whom Cooper modeled his character after. He knew David Shipman personally as a child. A man like Shipman would have made quite an impression upon the young Cooper! Though I do believe Daniel Boone was an inspiration to some degree, as were others, it was Shipman who inspired and defined Hawkeye's creation most directly.

If you go back through the archived WWW Board messages, you'll find several threads where this was discussed.


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