Today in History
July 15, 1806
The Peak of His Career
American Army captain Zebulon Pike sets off with an expedition of 23 men west from St. Louis, accompanied by 51 captured Native Americans they will return to their villages along the Missouri River. Pike is sent to explore the terrain of the southwest of the Louisiana Purchase, and to spy on the Spanish on the border. On the way he spies a "Grand Peak" in the Rockies that, although he would never actually set foot on it, still bears his name. Pike's group is captured by the Spanish, and returned in 1807.
Today's Feature History Article
Amid all the hoopla, it's easy to lose sight of the expedition's true significance
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