None of Daniel Boone's coonskin caps are still in existence because the American pioneer didn’t typically wear them. Boone became known for his trailblazing of Kentucky in the 1770s. The Wilderness Road, which he blazed through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky, helped lead other pioneer men and women to establish the first settlements in the western part of the United States.
In many books detailing his life, illustrations portray Boone wearing coonskin caps, but historic records indicate he preferred beaver or felt hats with wide brims to keep the sun out of his eyes. The coonskin cap image likely came about because it was a popular style for trappers at the time.
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