Did you know that Zebulon Pike was born today in 1779? He was an American explorer and US Army officer. Like Lewis and Clark he was sent to explore the lands to the West. He explored the Mississippi River, Red River, Arkansas River, and the southwest part of the Louisiana Purchase (including what is now Colorado). The book Zebulon Pike published about his explorations became internationally popular and was translated into French, German and Dutch. Pikes Peak in Colorado is named after him.
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Zebulon Montgomery Pike was born during the Revolutionary War. He grew up with his family in the frontier outposts in what is now Ohio and Illinois.
In 1805 Zebulon Pike’s party left St. Louis and traveled into what is now Minnesota. He spent time with and arranged a treaty with the Sioux, and mapped the area. He did not succeed in finding the true source of the Mississippi River.
During his expedition to the southwest, his party wandered into Spanish Territory. He thought that his group was camping on the Red River, but they were camping on the Rio Grande. They were captured by Spanish soldiers and brought back to Chihuahua. Eventually they were brought to Louisiana and released into American Territory.
Zebulon continued to serve in the army during the War of 1812. He was killed during the attack on York.