American folk tales

America has many folk tales.  One favorite character is Paul Bunyan, a lumberjack who was also a giant and usually had Babe the Blue Ox with him.  It is said that Paul Bunyan created the Grand Canyon when he dragged his ax behind him while walking and that the Great Lakes were actually Babe’s original watering hole.

Some American heroes were also real people.  Pocahontas was a Native American who interacted with British settlers at the Jamestown (Virginia) colony and the story goes that she saved the life of Captain John Smith.  Molly Pitcher got her nickname for carrying a pitcher of water to soldiers on the battlefields of the Revolutionary War.
Johnny Appleseed was a man who planted apple trees across what are now the states of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, and Davy Crockett became known as the “King of the Wild Frontier” after stories about his hunting and outdoor skills became popular.


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