Zebulon Montgomery Pike was born in 1779
in Trenton, NJ
. In 1793
he entered the army and became a second lieutenant in 1799
. The year following his expedition to the Mississippi headwaters
, he was assigned another expedition in the newly acquired Louisiana Territory
. During the expedition, he was captured by the Spanish
and later released.
During the War of 1812, as a brigadier general, he was killed by the accidental explosion of a powder magazine. He was only 34 years old when he died.
Zebulon also discovered and named Pike's Peak.