Zebulon Pike, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
ISBN: 0806169109
EAN13: 9780806169101
Language: English
Publication Date: Jul 22, 2021
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback

Zebulon Pike, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West

Select Format Format: Paperback Select Conditions Condition: New

Selected

Format: Paperback

Condition: New

$26.36
Quantity
123 Available

Select Conditions
  • New $26.36 Zebulon Pike, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
Book Overview

In life and in death, fame and glory eluded Zebulon Montgomery Pike (1779-1813). The ambitious young military officer and explorer, best known for a mountain peak that he neither scaled nor named, was destined to live in the shadows of more famous contemporaries-explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. This collection of thought-provoking essays rescues Pike from his undeserved obscurity. It does so by providing a nuanced assessment of Pike and his actions within the larger context of American imperial ambition in the time of Jefferson.

Pike's accomplishments as an explorer and mapmaker and as a soldier during the War of 1812 has been tainted by his alleged connection to Aaron Burr's conspiracy to separate the trans-Appalachian region from the United States. For two hundred years historians have debated whether Pike was an explorer or a spy, whether he knew about the Burr Conspiracy or was just a loyal foot soldier. This book moves beyond that controversy to offer new scholarly perspectives on Pike's career.

The essayists-all prominent historians of the American West-examine Pike's expeditions and writings, which provided an image of the Southwest that would shape American culture for decades. John Logan Allen explores Pike's contributions to science and cartography; James P. Ronda and Leo E. Oliva address his relationships with Native peoples and Spanish Read More chevron_right

Frequently Asked Questions About Zebulon Pike, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West

Book Reviews (0)

0
  |   0  reviews
Did you read Zebulon Pike, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West? Please provide your feedback and rating to help other readers.
Write Review

No customer reviews for the moment.