Rising to New Heights with Zebulon Pike
It was the summer 1806 when Zebulon Pike set out with a caravan of men to explore a portion of the Louisiana Purchase. His counterparts, Lewis and Clarke were busy in another section of this land, but President Jefferson had entrusted the southwestern section of the region to Pike.
The intended goal of the men who left with Pike was that the entire exploration would take them about six months. Much to their surprise, they were just wrapping things up two years later. Pike is considered to be the first "American" to visit the state of Colorado. Many of the towns along his route actually owe their existence to this man and his efforts at mapping out the new land.
Pike 's Travels
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During the course of his travels, Pike traveled through many modern day states. He eventually made his way through Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas and Missouri. His time in Mexico allowed him to travel through the modern Mexican states of Chihuahua and Coahuila. However, one of his most significant finds came early on in the expedition.
Pike 's Peak
It took four months for the group to reach Pike 's Peak and they reached it in November of 1806, which was later named for the explorer. When they finally did reach it, they were met with waist deep snow and a lack of food. They were also clothed in summer clothes, which meant reaching the top of the summit was likely impossible.
For years, it has been believed that Pike didn 't believe that one could reach the top. However, recent studies show that he actually believed that the top was conquerable. He was just wise enough to realize that he and his men were not equipped to accomplish this task.
Unfortunately, Pike didn 't live very long after his expedition had concluded. He died just six short years later during the War of 1812. While he maintained journals throughout the expedition, these documents were actually confiscated by the Spanish when he was captured. It wasn 't until 1900 that they were recovered and the true efforts of his exploration
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The picture above is a depiction of LTC Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine at the Battle of Little Round Top. In late June of 1863, the Confederate Army under General Robert E. Lee was massing near Gettysburg, PA. Gettysburg would arguably become the key battle of the Civil War. It was the pivotal moment where momentum in the war would change. It was the bloodiest battle of the entire war.
Reading Response (Auerbach on Cushing): In chapter one of Explorers in Eden by Jerold Auerbach titled “Cushing in Zuni”, Auerbach gives a detailed summary of Frank Hamilton Cushing’s five year experience in the Zuni Pueblo. I was surprised to learn that Cushing was only a young teen when he came to Zuni. Additionally, I was shocked to read that Cushing had no formal training in Anthropology… in fact he didn’t even graduate from Cornell rather he worked at a very young age at the Smithsonian. Thus, my and many others critiques of Cushing stem back to his lack of anthropological training and Native American education.
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Shortly after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 consisting of a select group of the United States. Army volunteers under the command of captain Lewis and his close friend second Lieutenant Clark. Pike’s Expedition
His middle name is Montgomery in honor of the war hero, Richard Montgomery. When Zebulon was 14 his father became commander of fort Washington near the Ohio river.in 1801, Zebulon married Clarisa Harley brown.in 1803, president Jefferson bought the Louisiana territory from France. In 1805, general James Wilkinson ordered Zebulon to find the source of the Mississippi river and take notes of the native Americans. Zebulon pike tried climbing the 14,168-foot-tall mountain, now named after him (pikes peak). Zebulon and his men were captured by Spanish authorities thinking they were spies.
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