David Crockett certainly was not a model man. But he was a representative man. He was conspicuously one
of a very numerous class, still existing, and which has heretofore exerted a very powerful influence over this
republic. As such, his wild and wondrous life is worthy of the study of every patriot. Of this class, their modes
of life and habits of thought, the majority of our citizens know as little as they do of the manners and customs
of the Comanche Indians.
No man can make his name known to the forty millions of this great and busy republic who has not something
Mr. Theodore Irving, in his valuable history of the "Conquest of Florida," speaking of the astonishing
achievements of the Spanish Cavaliers, in the dawn of the sixteenth century says:
"Of all the enterprises undertaken in this spirit of daring adventure, none has surpassed, for hardihood and
variety of incident, that of the renowned Hernando de Soto, and his band of cavaliers. It was poetry put in
action. It was the knight-errantry of the old world carried into the depths of the American wilderness.
About four hundred years ago there was a small kingdom, spreading over the cliffs and ravines of the eastern
extremity of the Pyrenees, called Navarre. Its population, of about five hundred thousand, consisted of a very
simple, frugal, and industrious people. Those who lived upon the shore washed by the stormy waves of the
Bay of Biscay gratified their love of excitement and of adventure by braving the perils of the sea.