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The Cumberland Gap - depicted in this dramatic illustration - was long used by Native Americans as a way to travel between the mountains of southern Appalachia.

The gap - which measures about 12 miles (19 kilometers) - is at the lower point of the Cumberland Mountains, near the place where the American states of Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee meet.

Daniel Boone used the gap to help blaze a trail for travelers who wanted to move about in the wilderness areas of Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.  Historians believe that around 300,000 people traveled through the Cumberland Gap between the years of 1760 and 1850.

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Media Credits

Illustration of the Cumberland Gap, online courtesy Library of Congress.

 

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