la vita di un uomo diventa leggenda – Davy Crockett

David “Davy” Crockett (1786 – 1835) American frontiersman (= uomo di frontiera) and politician, became a popular hero during his life.  Mainly known as a hunter (= cacciatore) and a soldier, Crockett also worked for settlers  (= coloni). 

Crockett was born in East Tennessee. At  twelve, he was already driving cattle (=  condusse bestiame) to Virginia, but soon he ran away from home because his father beat (= lo picchiava) him and travelled throughout Virginia. He learned to read and  to write a little by himself (= da solo). 
In 1806 Crockett married Mary Finely and became a farmer (= agricoltore). In 1813 the family moved to Franklin County, Tennessee. Unfortunately, shortly after some frontiersmen ambushed (= fecero un’imboscata) a band of Creek Indian warriors (= guerrieri) and the  Native Americans responded attacking FortMims and  killing over (= più di ) five hundred people. Crockett then started to  serve with the frontier military forces in the fight against the Native Americans as a scout and a hunter (= cacciatore). 
In 1815, after his second marriage, Crockett contracted malaria, and was thought dead, but he came back to his family. He worked as a justice of the peace, as county commissioner and as lieutenant colonel (= tenente colonnello) of the local military regiment. 
In 1821 Crockett  campaigned ( = fece una campagna) for a seat (= posto) in the state legislature: he was seen as the settlers’ spokesman (= portavoce). In 1823 Crockett was elected to the Tennessee legislature. In 1827 he won a seat in the U.S. Congress  and was re-elected twice. He fought against Native American removal (= rimozione) and land policy. In 1834 he published his autobiography, A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett of the State of Tennessee. In 1835 Crockett moved to Texas looking for new land. Crockett joined (= si unì) Texans in their fight to defend Fort Alamoagainst a Mexican army and died during the siege (= assedio).
Crockett’s death  made him a hero: the stories said that he was the last to resist (= resitere all’attacco).  He is usually described as a very tall man, with brown hair, blue eyes, and rosy cheeks (= guance rosee,  famous for his humour and  his honesty,  and a very good public speaker.