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The Mapmaker's Eye: David Thompson on the Columbia Plateau

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Complex, headstrong, curious, and resourceful, David Thompson is a hero in Canada, yet has remained largely unknown in the United States. Between 1801 and 1812, this fur trader, explorer, and cartographer established two viable trade routes across the Rocky Mountains in Canada and systematically surveyed the entire 1,250-mile course of the Columbia River. In succeeding yea ...more
Paperback, First Printing, 180 pages
Published October 24th 2005 by Washington State University Press (first published September 2005)
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Thom
Apr 12, 2015 Thom rated it it was amazing
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Very interesting history of David Thompson, told primarily with excerpts and artwork from his journals as he charted the course of the Columbia river. Working for various British fur trading companies, the surveyor worked his way back and forth across the Rockies, exploring different routes and eventually reaching the Pacific.

While reading, I often found myself studying the maps, Thompson's and modern versions. The journal excerpts were fascinating, connecting tribes by language and describing t
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Babs
Mar 02, 2014 Babs rated it liked it
Enjoyed the account of Thompson's early years. The Columbia River Canadian origins with a northern and southerly flow into The States.

On the map making side, with the reliance on various Indian tribes, the stars, and rudimentary instruments, it is a wonder Thompson's accuracy at times.

Wonderful read if you enjoy Pacific NW history.
Caty Clifton
Aug 04, 2011 Caty Clifton rated it really liked it
Good historical read full of maps and anecdotes, how to make snowshoes, journal entries from river mapping, routes, posts, companions. If Thomson had his way, Walla Walla, WA would be in Canada
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