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The Resource Citizen explorer : the life of Zebulon Pike, Jared Orsi

Citizen explorer : the life of Zebulon Pike, Jared Orsi

Label
Citizen explorer : the life of Zebulon Pike
Title
Citizen explorer
Title remainder
the life of Zebulon Pike
Statement of responsibility
Jared Orsi
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Born in 1779, Zebulon Pike joined the army and served in frontier posts before embarking on a series of expeditions that rivaled those by Lewis and Clark. He sought the headwaters of the Mississippi, the sources of the Arkansas and Red Rivers, which led him to Pike's Peak and capture by Spanish forces. Surveying and gathering data Pike sought to incorporate distant territories into the republic, to overlay the west with the American map; yet he became increasingly dependent on people who had no attachment to the nation he served
  • It was November 1806. The explorers had gone without food for one day, then two. Their leader, not yet thirty, drove on, determined to ascend the great mountain. Waist deep in snow, he reluctantly turned back. But Zebulon Pike had not been defeated. His name remained on the unclimbed peak-and new adventures lay ahead of him and his republic. In Citizen Explorer, historian Jared Orsi provides the first modern biography of this soldier and explorer, who rivaled contemporaries Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Born in 1779, Pike joined the army and served in frontier posts in the Ohio River valley before embarking on a series of astonishing expeditions. He sought the headwaters of the Mississippi and later the sources of the Arkansas and Red Rivers, which led him to Pike's Peak and capture by Spanish forces. Along the way, he met Aaron Burr and General James Wilkinson; Auguste and Pierre Couteau, patriarchs of St. Louis's most powerful fur-trading family, who sought to make themselves indispensible to Jefferson's administration; as well as British fur-traders, Native Americans, and officers of the Spanish empire, all of whom resisted the expansion of the United States. Through Pike's life, Orsi examines how American nationalism thinned as it stretched west, from the Jeffersonian idealism on the Atlantic to a practical, materialist sensibility on the frontier. Surveying and gathering data, Pike sought to incorporate these distant territories into the republic, to overlay the west with the American map grid; yet he became increasingly dependent for survival on people who had no attachment to the nation he served. He eventually died in that service, in a victorious battle in the War of 1812. Written from an environmental perspective, rich in cultural and political context, Citizen Explorer is a state-of-the-art biography of a remarkable man. --Amazon.com
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1970-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Orsi, Jared
Dewey number
  • 973.4/8092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F592.P653
LC item number
O77 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Explorers
  • Pike, Zebulon Montgomery
  • West (U.S.)
  • West (U.S.)
  • United States
Label
Citizen explorer : the life of Zebulon Pike, Jared Orsi
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction : In the bosom of a grateful country -- The happiness of a free and independent people : a family and a nation seek liberty, 1635-1794 -- Be always ready to die for your country : the bargain of independence, 1794-1805 -- A barrier to their trade : establishing Americans in the Upper Mississippi Country, 1805-1806 -- Young warriors of the great American father : crossing the Plains, July-November 1806 -- Frozen lads : into the Rockies, November 1806-February 1807 -- A comfortable captivity : learning nationalism abroad in New Spain, February-July 1807 -- Citizen soldier : Pike's and the nation, 1807-1813 -- Epilogue : from frozen lads to purple mountain majesties : Pike's West and American nationalism, 1813-1893
Control code
819136177
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 379 pages
Isbn
9780199768721
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012048606
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)819136177
Label
Citizen explorer : the life of Zebulon Pike, Jared Orsi
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction : In the bosom of a grateful country -- The happiness of a free and independent people : a family and a nation seek liberty, 1635-1794 -- Be always ready to die for your country : the bargain of independence, 1794-1805 -- A barrier to their trade : establishing Americans in the Upper Mississippi Country, 1805-1806 -- Young warriors of the great American father : crossing the Plains, July-November 1806 -- Frozen lads : into the Rockies, November 1806-February 1807 -- A comfortable captivity : learning nationalism abroad in New Spain, February-July 1807 -- Citizen soldier : Pike's and the nation, 1807-1813 -- Epilogue : from frozen lads to purple mountain majesties : Pike's West and American nationalism, 1813-1893
Control code
819136177
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 379 pages
Isbn
9780199768721
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012048606
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)819136177

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