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by D'Arcy Jenish

Category: Americas
Subcategory: History books
Author: D'Arcy Jenish
ISBN: 0803226004
ISBN13: 978-0803226005
Language: English
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; 1st American Edition edition (March 1, 2004)
Pages: 309
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Epic Wanderer, the first full-length biography of mapmaker David Thompson (1770–1857). This is a pretty major failing for the book, but if you an atlas with a decently detailed map of the Canadian west and of the US north-west, you will do fine.

Epic Wanderer, the first full-length biography of mapmaker David Thompson (1770–1857).

Popular historian D’Arcy Jenish recreates the adventure and sacrifice of mapmaker David Thompson’s fascinating life in the wilderness of North America

Popular historian D’Arcy Jenish recreates the adventure and sacrifice of mapmaker David Thompson’s fascinating life in the wilderness of North America. Epic Wanderer, the first full-length biography of David Thompson, is set in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries against a 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 C. and between the various First Nations thrown into disarray by the advent of guns, horses and alcohol.

I agree with D'Arcy Jenish that David Thompson is one of Canada's greatest unsung heroes (or as Jenish writes "one of the most remarkable figures in Canadian history")

I agree with D'Arcy Jenish that David Thompson is one of Canada's greatest unsung heroes (or as Jenish writes "one of the most remarkable figures in Canadian history").

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D'Arcy Jenish's "Epic Wanderer" is a life of David Thompson, a British fur trader who spent nearly three decades exploring and mapping the Canadian West from Hudson's Bay to the Pacific Coast

D'Arcy Jenish's "Epic Wanderer" is a life of David Thompson, a British fur trader who spent nearly three decades exploring and mapping the Canadian West from Hudson's Bay to the Pacific Coast. Thompson was apprenticed to the Hudson's Bay Company out of a boy's school in London in 1784, at the tender age of 14. He grew up in various trading posts around Hudson's Bay, followed the fur trade across the Canadian Prairies, helped open up routes across the Canadian Rockies, and was the first European to explore the entire length of the Columbia River from its.

Sir D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson CB FRS FRSE (2 May 1860 – 21 June 1948) was a Scottish biologist, mathematician and classics scholar. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, was knighted, and received the Darwin Medal and the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal.

I would have liked to know so much more about Thompson's wife, Charlotte.

Download PDF book format. Includes bibliographical references (p. -298) and index. Personal Name: Thompson, David, 1770-1857. Choose file format of this book to download: pdf chm txt rtf doc. Download this format book. Epic wanderer : David Thompson and the mapping of the Canadian West D'Arcy Jenish. Book's title: Epic wanderer : David Thompson and the mapping of the Canadian West D'Arcy Jenish. Geographic Name: Northwest, Canadian Discovery and exploration. Geographic Name: Northwest, Pacific Discovery and exploration. Rubrics: Explorers Canada Biography Fur traders Surveyors Cartographers.

Epic Wanderer, the first full-length biography of mapmaker David Thompson (1770-1857), is set in the late eighteenth and .

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. D'Arcy Jenish is the author of Indian Fall: The Last Great Days of the Plains Cree and the Blackfoot Confederacy and the best-selling The Stanley Cup: One Hundred Years of Hockey at Its Best. Country of Publication.

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 laid out with 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, 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.

Comments to eBook Epic Wanderer: David Thompson and the Mapping of the Canadian West
Walan
This is the book you need to read to understand David Thompson's life. I previously read his personal account and struggled through some of the raw entries from his journals, D'Arcy Jenish straightens the record by including important Background before the trip and missing information about the aftermath. He does this with an even hand and shows very little bias to the final outcomes. I read the book quickly and reread some parts of it just to be sure I understood what the chronology and geography truly was. The comments and observations that Thompson made , essentially inthe margins of his journals, provides an equally fair and unbiased descriptions of the many local and regional native groups Thompson encountered. i was somewhat surprised by his descriptions of the personal and cultural practises he encountered. The die was cast for interactions between Natives and Europeans long before Thompson's encounters. I saw no compelling evidence of any "destruction" of a benign, peaceful and loving Utopia.
Ariseym
If you have ever canoed for a few days or ever trekked in the wilderness with a pack on your back, you will be astounded by the extraordinary physical and intellectual energy of this English-born Canadian explorer. From 1784 to 1812, he traveled many tens of thousands of miles between Montreal and the mouth of the Columbia River, and mapped much of the region in between -- well over one million square miles. Perhaps the single most impressive physical feat of his decades-long career as a fur trader and surveyor was his crossing of the Canadian Rockies, in the depths of winter, to discover the upper reaches of the Columbia River. It's a daunting enough landscape even in summer. How he ever crossed in winter, dragging heavy supplies and trade goods over high passes in deep snow, I can hardly imagine.

For nearly 30 years he worked for the Hudson's Bay Company and the North-west Company, the two great fur-trading companies of the era in the northern part of North America. At the age of 14, he was transplanted from London to the bleak, treeless, windswept shores of Hudson's Bay, there to serve out his seven years apprenticeship at a fur-trading post. He somehow survived the wrenching transition, avoided hungry polar bears, learned French and at least a couple of Indian languages, and mastered the business of fur-trading as well as the art of surveying.

The maps he created in the early 19th century were so accurate that they were still in use at the end of the century, despite the immensely greater resources available to the government surveyors who followed him. He also, after he retired as a fur-trader, worked as the chief surveyor for the British as part of the US-British boundary commission that defined much of the border of Canada and the US after the War of 1812. He was one of the greatest map-makers of his time.

He was also a man of interesting character, working in a very rough wilderness well beyond the bounds of urban civilization or any kind of government. He was very religious. He married an Indian woman when he was 29 and she was 13, had 10 children with her, and stayed with her until he died at the age of 80, despite the prejudices of pioneer society. He opposed the alcohol trade that was destroying so many Indian tribes and refused to deal in it. He worked extraordinarily hard, away from his family for a year or more at a time. Even in his old age he continued working, writing a several hundred pages-long Narrative of his travels and explorations, which was only published decades after his death.

The author of this biography, D'Arcy Jenish, does an excellent job of weaving all this material together in a way that is always interesting and often compelling. Ironically, if I have one complaint, it is this: a book about a map-maker should have a lot more maps in it! The only way to follow Thompson's progress is to sit with the book in hand and an atlas open in your lap. This is a pretty major failing for the book, but if you an atlas with a decently detailed map of the Canadian west and of the US north-west, you will do fine.
Togar
David Thompson first crossed the Continental Divide in 1807 and devoted the next five years to the fur trade and exploration in the Columbia River drainage. He was the first person of European descent to explore the entire length of the Columbia River. His journals and maps laid the foundation for European resource exploitation and subsequent settlement of Washington State, western Montana, and southeastern British Columbia. In fact, all exploration in the Columbia River drainage was largely British rather than American during the first half of the nineteenth century. Writings and symposia on David Thompson are predictably increasing in both Canada and the United States as we enter the bicentennial period of that exploration.

Parts of David Thompson's long life are enigmatic and seemingly contradictory. "Epic Wanderer" is a journalistic account of the known facts. It is not as insightful as "Sources of the River," the book that has emerged as the definitive account of Thompson's northwest explorations. However, "Epic Wanderer" does provide a more complete account of David Thompson's life after he left the active fur trade and settled in the vicinity of Montreal. Since Thompson died in 1857, this eastern experience represents more than half his life. During that time, Thompson experienced considerable success in several endeavors, but a financial collapse left him and his wife to die in poverty.

David Thompson was a skilled surveyor. His maps were more accurate than those of his contemporaries. Overlooked by those who focus on his contributions to western expansion is the fact that before and after his time in the Northwest, he made important surveys on the eastern border between British Canada and the United States. The first period was as an employee of the North West Fur Company. The second was an official survey conducted jointly by the two countries.

Because David Thompson was a contemporary of Lewis and Clark, today's writers often compare them. This is only partially valid. The latter was a military expedition of exploration that spent only a few months west of the Continental Divide. David Thompson was a fur trader working for a commercial company and spent five years criss-crossing the area. He had the desire and talent to explore, but trading had to come first. As he advanced his trading territory, his journals recorded an expanding knowledge of the territory and its inhabitants, plants, and animals. Thompson's maps are much more accurate than those developed by Lewis and Clark, partially because he had more time to refine them.

As intriguing as Thompson himself, is the fur trade itself and the native peoples involved. Thompson was very dependent on the local natives who guided him, aided him in establishing trading posts, and helped him expand his trade. Charlotte Small, Thompson's wife for 57 years, was half Cree. Together they bridged a period of European-Indigenous relationship that is the subject of intensive research today.
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