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Epic Wanderer: David Thompson and the Opening of the West

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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 Ameri
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 21st 2004 by Anchor Canada
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May 27, 2015 Erica rated it really liked it
David Thompson-probably one of the most under-appreciated Canadians.
I first learned about David Thompson while visiting the French River and read a plaque at the park headquarters that referred to him as the greatest land geographer that ever lived.
So being a geographer myself, I was intrigued.

After spotting this book in a bookstore around the Lake Louise area and after the sales clerk told me it was one of the better books about his life (his actual journal is hard to read), I was sold.

The sa
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Dec 31, 2012 Kevin Spicer rated it did not like it
A tragic story of a man who selflessly devoted his life to a nonexistent country who never found his work worth very much. If Canada had extended below the 49th parallel he would have been a hero, but since his work was ignored and the Oregon territory basically given to America the memory of David Thompson fades into the annals of poorly written history books.
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