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David Crockett Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1786 - 1836 *** Full Name: David Crockett *** Nickname: Davy *** Occupation: American Folk Hero, Frontiersman, Soldier and Politician *** Date of Birth: David Crockett was born on August 17th 1786 *** Place of Birth: David Crockett was born in Green County, Tennessee, U.S. *** Family background: His father was John Crockett a frontiersman himself and his mother was Rebecca Hawkins. His father was one of the Overmountain Men that fought during the American Revolutionary War at the Battle of Kings Mountain. His family suffered many loses early on while John was away fighting. The family had settled in Tennessee, his older brother David and sister-in-law Elizabeth were killed, his brother Joseph wounded and his other brother James had been held as a prisoner for seventeen years *** Early life and childhood: He grew up moving from one place to another as unlucky circumstances seemed to plague his family. A flood destroyed their home and livelihood at one point, his father also surrendered their property in bankruptcy *** Education: David Crockett was indentured to Jacob Siler when he was twelve years old as a buckaroo, he later attended school ***
David Crockett Fact 1: David
Crockett was born on August 17th
1786 and during the 18th century
period in history when France and
America both went through
revolutions and the Industrial
Revolution began in Britain.
David Crockett Fact 8: Having spent a lot of his early life living in poverty, helping those less fortunately was of great importance to Crockett and he tended to favor legislation that eased the tax burden on those on lower incomes and fighting for those less able to fight for themselves, impoverished settlers who due to the complicated nature of the grant system were in danger of losing their land.
David Crockett Fact 9: When
the Tennessee River burst its banks
in 1821 it completed wiped out David
Crockett’s various businesses. In
order to assist him with his debts
in the wake of the flooding,
Elizabeth’s father deeded him a
portion of his land to sell as he
saw fit to help settle his financial
David Crockett Fact 14: With barely 100 men garrisoned at the Alamo William B Travis wrote several letters pleading for reinforcements but less than 100 men were sent to their aid. Crocket was said to be one of the men sent out to look for the men sent by James Fannin, commander of a group of Texian solders.
David Crockett Fact 15: Crockett and the reinforcement troops, on March 4th managed to break through the Mexican lines and enter the Alamo. After fierce combat the Battle of the Alamo was won by the Mexican soldiers.
David Crockett Fact 16:
It is unclear exactly how David
Crockett died. The only certainty
was that it was on March 6th, of
1836. The commander, Santa Anna,
ordered the remains of the
slaughtered Texans placed in a pyre
and stacked with wood to be set
alight that night. The ash remains
would later be placed in a simple
coffin made by a local carpenter who
inscribed the names of Travis, Bowie
and Crockett on the coffin lid and
the coffin buried.
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