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Johnny Appleseed – American Folktale

Many people throughout the northeastern United States all the way into the Ohio Valley know the name of Johnny Appleseed, born John Chapman. He was a loner that had a knack for growing apple trees. He would find a proper place and in the woods, clear an area, and plant his seeds. From there the trees would grow and then he would sell them to settler for whatever the settlers could afford. Some would pay with used clothing, a few coins, or promise to pay. Johnny did not really mind as long as his vision of beautiful apple blossoms were scattered throughout the countryside.

Everyone held Johnny Appleseed in high regard even the Indians. He lived a quite life most of the time alone, planting his apple trees. When the War of 1812 began, the Indians that had joined with the British against the settlers did not disturb Johnny Appleseed. Johnny went about his normal day, planting apple trees. The Indians began to attack the settlers in the area we know today as Ohio. Johnny witnessed the siege of Mansfield, Ohio by Indians. He ran, barefoot through the woods 26 miles to the town of Mt. Vernon to find help for the settlers in Mansfield. Along the way, he warned anyone in distance with his old powder horn of the coming Indians. He made it the full 26 miles within one day, the settlers received the help they needed, and their lives were spared.


Johnny Appleseed mythology.

 The myth of Johnny Appleseed.

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