Monday, July 26, 2010
George Washington visits Pittsburgh, scores more obelisks
Here's what the blog learned about Christopher Gist, who turned out to be from the blog's neighborhood in North Carolina:
CHRISTOPHER GIST, an American frontiersman, was the first white man to settle in what is now Wilkes County along the Yadkin River , Daniel Boone being his neighbor. Gist provided England and its colonists with the first detailed description of southern Ohio and northeastern Kentucky . While Daniel Boone is generally given credit for opening Kentucky to white settlement, Gist preceded him by more than fifteen years. Nathaniel, one of three of Gist’s sons, married a Cherokee ‘princess’, in which their son, Sequoyah, invented the Cherokee alphabet.
Gist was also present with Washington at the Battle of Fort Necessity, said to be Washington's only military surrender.
Posted by S. E. Fahrbach at 12:28 PM