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Zebulon Pike

Born: January 5, 1779, Lamberton, New Jersey
Died: April 27, 1813 (age 34), Toronto, CanadaTrivia powered by Prof. Walter

Zebulon Montgomery Pike Jr. was an American soldier and explorer for whom Pikes Peak in Colorado is named. His Pike expedition, often compared to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, mapped much of the southern portion of the Louisiana Purchase.

What do you know about Zebulon Pike? Try this US Old West History Made Easy Quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

 

1. During the Revolutionary War, who was his father, an officer for in the Continental Army?

  • George Washington
  • John Sullivan
  • Nathaniel Greene

2. In 1801, who did Pike marry?

  • Clarissa Harlow Brown
  • Mildred Ann Hill
  • Amy Lynn Chandler

3. His military career changed when he was taken under by Governor of the Upper Louisiana Territory. Who was the governor?

  • General James Wilkinson
  • General David Jackson
  • General Myron C. Ferguson

4. In 1805, Pike was order to find the source of what river?

  • Mississippi River
  • Missouri River
  • Colorado River

5. On his way to the source, Pike encountered the Sauk leader, Black Hawk, along the banks of the Rock River. According to Black Hawk's account, Pike received meat and provisions and presented an American flag to him and his people. He considered Pike "a good man" and "a great brave." Pike also bought 100,000 acres of the Sioux Indian's land for $200 and hunting rights.

  • Fact or Myth?

6. Pike was ordered out once again to lead an exploratory expedition to find the headwaters of the Arkansas River and Red River. Near St. Louis on July 15, 1806, Pike led what is now known as "the Pike expedition" to explore the southwest. Where did they leave from?

  • Fort Jackson
  • Fort Lincoln
  • Fort Bellefontaine

7. This journey ended with his capture on February 26, 1807 by Spanish authorities in northern New Mexico, now part of Colorado. Pike and his men were taken to Santa Fe, then to Chihuahua where he appeared before the Commandant General Salcedo. When was he released?

  • May 1, 1807
  • July 1, 1807
  • December 1, 1807

8. Along with General Jacob Brown, Pike departed from a rural military outpost, Sackets Harbor, on the New York shore for his last military campaign. What is the lake in New York state?

  • Lake Ontario
  • Lake Meade
  • Lake Erie

9. Pike was killed by flying rocks and other debris when the retreating British garrison blew up its ammunition without warning as the town's surrender negotiations were going on.

  • Fact or Myth?

10. Where is Zebulon Pike buried?

  • Military Cemetery, Sackets Harbor, New York
  • Moriah Corners Cemetery, Moriah, New York
  • Old Burying Ground, Salisbury, Massachusetts

Zebulon Pike
(Answers)

  1. Trivia powered by Prof. WalterGeorge Washington
  2. Clarissa Harlow Brown
  3. General James Wilkinson
  4. Mississippi River
  5. Fact
  6. Fort Bellefontaine
  7. July 1, 1807
  8. Lake Ontario
  9. Fact
  10. Military Cemetery, Sackets Harbor, New York

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