Lieutenant Zebulon Pike Explores the West – July 15th, 1806

Zebulon_PikeExplorer Zebulon Pike (January 5, 1779 – April 27, 1813) was an American officer who rose through the ranks to brigadier general, had Pikes Peak in Colorado named after him, but is best known for leading the Pike Expedition which set off from Fort Belle Fountaine on this day in history 1806.

President Thomas Jefferson gave, then lieutenant, Pike the mission to explore and document the southern portion of the Louisiana territory. This mission is generally overshadowed by the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806), as are several other such explorations that were being made at the time. Pike’s mission faced a diplomatic hazard when his team accidentally wandered into Spanish territory in the region now known as Colorado. Pike and his men were captured and sent to Chihuahua for questioning, but were later released in 1807 at the Louisiana border.

Three years later, in 1810, Pike published the tales of his expeditions which proved to be a popular book; it was translated into Dutch, French, and German and for European publication.

In 1812, Brigadier General Pike fought the British, but was killed during the Battle of York.

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And today in history on July 15th, 2014 we introduce to you our very own Zebulon Pike joining the Pandora Society writing team; some of you may recognize him from numerous Steampunk conventions where he often appears as a speaker on many Victorian history and science panels.

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One Response to “Lieutenant Zebulon Pike Explores the West – July 15th, 1806

  • I should point out that I am not related to that Pike. And, I’m not related to that other Pike, either.

    An interesting thing, Zebulon Montgomery Pike was so famous, such a rock star of his time, that for generations, anyone with Pike for a last name was likely to have a Zebulon in the family.

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