Zebulon Pike

(Zebulon Montgomery Pike)

Zebulon Pike
Zebulon Pike
  • Born: January 5, 1779
  • Died: April 27, 1813
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: General, Explorer









Zebulon Montgomery Pike was an American brigadier general and explorer for whom Pikes Peak in Colorado was renamed (from El Capitan). As a U.S. Army officer he led two expeditions under authority of third President Thomas Jefferson through the new Louisiana Purchase territory, first in 1805-06 to reconnoiter the upper northern reaches of the Mississippi River, and then in 1806-07 to explore the Southwest to the fringes of the northern Spanish-colonial settlements of New Mexico and Texas. Pike's expeditions coincided with other Jeffersonian expeditions, including the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804–1806) and the Thomas Freeman and Peter Custis expedition up the Red River (1806).

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A discontented young fellow, filled with self pride; he certainly should have considered it an honor to be sent on so respectable an embassy as he was.
A young man who is here speaks the Panis language, and in many other respects, is preferable.
American agents... are the only persons authorized to hold councils of a political nature. Nature
Among various demands and charges I gave them, was, that the said flag should be delivered to me, and one of the United States' flags be received and hoisted in its place.
At the lodge the chief gave me many particulars which were relative to the late visit of the Spaniards.
Few Indians only had breech cloths, most being wrapped in buffalo robes, otherwise quite naked.
Give immediate instruction to all your posts in said territory, under your direction, at no time and on no pretence to hoist, or suffer be hoisted, the English flag. Time
He was a man, he always performed his promises.
I cannot consent to be led three or four hundred leagues out of my route, without its being by force of arms.
I differ materially from Capt. Lewis, in my account of the numbers, manners, and morals of the Sioux.
I was informed... that some... were dreaming and wished to return.
If success attends my steps, honor and glory await my name-if defeat, still shall it be said we died like brave men, and conferred honor, even in death, on the American Name. Death ;Success
If we go to Chihuahua we must be considered as prisoners of war? War & Peace
In my proper character, I am an officer of the United States Army.
It was the wish of the Americans that their red brethren should remain peacefully round their own fires, and not embroil themselves in any disputes between the white people.
May Heaven be propitious, and smile on the cause of my country.
On no further occasion present a flag or medal to an Indian.
Owing to the difficulty of obtaining horses, Mr. Henry returns from this place. In descending the Mississippi I will request him to pay his respects to you.
Should I be the happy mortal destined to turn the scale of war, will you not rejoice, O my father? War & Peace
Smoke the pipe of peace, bury the tomahawk, and become one nation. War & Peace
Strict justice would demand total confiscation of your property, personal imprisonment and fines.
The Pawnee chief had left the village the day after the doctor arrived, with 50 or 60 horses and many people, and had taken his course to the north of our route.
The preparations for my new voyage prevented the possiblity of my paying that attention to the correction of my errors, that I should otherwise have done.
The Spanish troops returned and we could yet discover the grass beaten down in the direction which they went.
The toute ensemble was such as to make polished society blush, when compared with these savages. Society
The village had a mill near it, situated on the little creek, which made very good flour. The population consisted of civilized Indians, but much mixed blood.
There had so lately been a large force of Spanish cavalry at the village, which had made a great impression on the minds of the young men, as to their power, consequence, which my appearance with 20 infantry was by no means calculated to remove. Power
They were conspiring to desert us in the night and steal some of our horses... we engaged a spy.
Why cannot we correct the baneful passions, without weakening the good?
With the dreary season in which we travelled part of the route; with our minds much more actively employed in forming resources for our preservation from famine.
You have already disarmed my men without my knowledge, are their arms to be returned or not? Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Your former Fathers the Spaniards have now no further Authority over you.

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