The Scots-Irish were a frontier people. Hailing from the contested borderlands of England and Scotland, they migrated in the 17th Century to Ulster (Northern Ireland); and many then moved on to the North American backcountry in one of the great folk migrations of the 18th Century. Tough, resilient, restless and often violent, they formed the dominant culture on the Trans-Applachian Frontier. These were Kit Carson’s people.Note: The date cited for the Klamath attack on Fremont and Carson’s camp is incorrect. The attack came on May 9, 1846.Music: “Blue Frontier” by Jim Cornelius. Art by Lynn Woodward, Woodward Creative.
Next week: A beefy episode on Carson’s years as a Mountain Man.
Welcome to the campfire.