Zebulon Pike

Military Officer, Military Person

1779 – 1813

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Who was Zebulon Pike?

Zebulon Montgomery Pike was an American brigadier general and explorer for whom Pikes Peak in Colorado is named. As a United States Army captain in 1806–1807, he led the Pike Expedition to explore and document the southern portion of the Louisiana territory and to find the headwaters of the Red River, during which he recorded the discovery of what later was called Pikes Peak. Captured by the Spanish while wandering in present-day Colorado after his party got confused in its travels, Pike and his men were taken to Chihuahua, present-day Mexico and questioned by the governor. They were released later in 1807 at the border of Louisiana.

In 1810 Pike published an account of his expeditions, a book so popular that it was translated into French, German and Dutch for publication in Europe. He later achieved the rank of brigadier general in the Army, serving during the War of 1812. He was killed during the Battle of York, which the United States won.

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Born
Jan 5, 1779
Lamberton
Also known as
  • Zebulon Montgomery Pike Jr.
  • Zebulon Montgomery Pike
  • Zebulon M. Pike
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Nationality
  • United States of America
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Died
Apr 27, 1813
York

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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