Epic Wanderer: David Thompson and the Mapping of the Canadian West

Epic Wanderer: David Thompson and the Mapping of the Canadian West

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by D'Arcy Jenish
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803224524

ISBN-13: 9780803224520

Pub. Date: 06/01/2009

Publisher: UNP - Bison Books


Epic Wanderer, the first full-length biography of mapmaker David Thompson (1770–1857), is set in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries against the broad canvas of dramatic rivalries between the United States and British North America, between the Hudson’s Bay Company and its Montreal-based rival, the North West Company, and among…  See more details below

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Epic Wanderer, the first full-length biography of mapmaker David Thompson (1770–1857), is set in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries against the broad canvas of dramatic rivalries between the United States and British North America, between the Hudson’s Bay Company and its Montreal-based rival, the North West Company, and among the various First Nations thrown into disarray by the advent of guns, horses, and alcohol.

Less celebrated than his contemporaries Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, Thompson spent nearly three decades, beginning in 1784, surveying and mapping more than 1.2 million square miles of largely uncharted Indian territory. Traveling across the prairies, over the Rockies, and on to the Pacific, Thompson transformed the raw data of his explorations into a map of the Canadian West. Measuring ten feet by seven feet and exhibiting astonishing accuracy, the map became essential to the politicians and diplomats who would decide the future of the rich and promising lands of the West. Yet its creator worked without personal glory and died in penniless obscurity.

Drawing extensively on Thompson’s personal journals and illustrated with his detailed sketches, intricate notebook pages, and the map itself, Epic Wanderer charts the life of a man who risked everything in the name of scientific advancement and exploration.

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ISBN-13:
9780803224520
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction: The Old Man

Part One
To the New World (1784)
Into the Country (1786)
By Star and Compass (1790)

Part Two
With the Nor'Westers (1797)
Over the Mountains (1807)
To the Pacific (1810)

Part Three
The Great Map (1812)
Williamstown Days (1815-1836)
Hard Times (1837-1857)

Afterword: The Return of David Thompson

Bibliography
Picture Credits
Index

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Epic Wanderer: David Thompson and the Mapping of the Canadian West 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great.It is very involving and captures your imagination very thoroughly.I picked up this book at the library to read for a college course on Canadian History and I was greatly surprised at how fascinating it was.This book let me live the life of a Fur Trader and Explorer in the virgin territory west of the Canadian settlements.I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in Canadian History or anyone who loves reading about explorers of the wild frontier.