Zebulon Pike, the U.S. Army officer who in 1805 led an exploring party in search of the source of the Mississippi River, sets off with a new expedition to explore the American Southwest. Pike was instructed to seek out headwaters of the Arkansas and Red rivers and to investigate Spanish settlements in New Mexico.
It doubled the size of the United States and made it a major world nation. The Louisiana Purchase stretched from the Mississippi River in the east to the Rocky Mountains in the west.
Beginning at St. Louis, Missouri, the expedition travelled up the Missouri River to the Great Divide, and then down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean.
How was Pike’s expedition similar to that of Lewis and Clark’s? How was it different? It was close to the same because he was traveling in uncharted territory and it was different because he had to turn back. Describe how the sequence o f Lewis and Clark’s expedition related to that of Zebulon Pike.
Naming of Pikes Peak in 1806, the Peak was sighted by Lt. Zebulon Pike, an explorer. A blizzard kept Pike from reaching the summit, and though he never did, the mountain bears his name.
Zebulon Pike is best known as an explorer of the American West. He explored the southern portion of the Louisiana Purchase, and Pikes Peak in Colorado is named after him.
The purchased territory included the whole of today’s Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska, parts of Minnesota and Louisiana west of Mississippi River, including New Orleans, big parts of North and northeastern New Mexico, South Dakota, northern Texas, some parts of Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado as
The Louisiana Territory was vast, stretching from the Gulf of Mexico in the south to Rupert’s Land in the north, and from the Mississippi River in the east to the Rocky Mountains in the west. Acquiring the territory doubled the size of the United States.
Thomas Jefferson was uneasy about purchasing the Louisiana Territory because A he did not have the constitutional power to buy land from another country.
It’s extremely dangerous to swim in the Mississippi River. The river is huge and the currents are strong, even right at water’s edge (whether or not you’re a great swimmer is irrelevant). Also, remember that the water is totally toxic.
Did you know Saint Paul’s 26 miles of Mississippi Riverfront are more than any other city from the headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico? The Mississippi River cuts right through Saint Paul with downtown on one side above the limestone bluffs on one side and the West Side flats area on the other.
Once again, here is evidence that the United States does not have exclusive ownership of the Mississippi River. Under Title 33, “Navigation and Navigable Waters”, Chapter 15, “Flood Control”, is Section 709, “Regulations for use of storage waters; application to Tennessee Valley Authority”.
Pike convinced the Republican Pawnee Indians (in southern Nebraska near Guide Rock) into replacing a Spanish flag flying above their village on American soil with the Stars and Stripes. This was accomplished despite that they had recently been visited by a Spanish cavalry of over 300 men.
After the expedition ended, Clark traveled in 1807 to St. Louis to take up duties as chief Indian agent for the Territory of Upper Louisiana, bringing York with him. These requests struck Clark as presumptuous coming from a slave. Clark eventually allowed York to return to Kentucky in 1808 for a short visit.
Pike discovered a lot of evidence of Spanish trade and influence; most notably the Spanish flag flying over the Pawnee village. Pike was a highly patriotic man, some said too patriotic. It bothered him to see foreign flags waving above soil he thought belonged to his country.