Westward Expansion Final
Why I Traveled West
One of the many reasons why General Wilkinson sent me into the west was to explore the sources of the Red River and the Arkansas River. And, as the United States had just gotten the Louisiana Purchase from France, I was supposed to explore and report on the lands in the southwestern portion of the purchase.
I began my mission by gathering supplies in St. Louis, and word of my upcoming expedition leaked out. A Spanish man was assigned to shadow me as I moved west, and perhaps even stop me from traveling. After leaving St. Louis on July 15, 1806, with Spanish men shadowing me from a distance, I started traveling to the area of present day Pueblo, Colorado. I tried and failed to climb a mountain that would later be named after me...Pike's Peak.