Samuel L. Clemens was born in the small village of Florida but moved soon after to the town of Hannibal, Missouri.After a Tom Sawyer childhood, at the age of seventeen Sam set out to see the world supporting himself as a restless journeyman printer.
Possibly the best sources for learning about Twain's Hannibal Years are "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". For an analysis of this time see "Huck Finn's America", subtitled "Mark Twain and the Era that shaped his Masterpiece" by Andrew Levy.
Samuel L. Clemens BornMon Nov 30, 1835
Samuel L. Clemens born on 30 November 1835 in the village of Florida, Missouri.
Clemens Family Moves to HannibalFri Nov 01, 1839
The Clemens family moved to Hannibal in November of 1839,
Sam departs Hannibal for St. LouisThu May 26, 1853
Sometime in the first two weeks of June 1853, Samuel L. Clemens (aged seventeen) left his home and family in Hannibal, Missouri, for the first time, stopping initially in St. Louis and then going on to New York City, supporting himself as a journeyman printer in both places. Precisely when Clemens boarded the regular evening packet for St. Louis is not known: