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Epic Wanderer 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 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.

10 thoughts on “Epic Wanderer

  1. says:

    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 well over one million square miles Perhaps the single most impressive physical feat of his decades long career as a fur trader and sur 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 b...

  2. says:

    This is the definitive biography of David Thompson, the famous astronomer and surveyor for the Hudson s Bay and North West Companies during the late 1700s and early 1800s His legacy, artfully relived within Epic Wanderer, is filled with incredible feats of exploration, adventure and endurance At age 14, as an orphan, he was sent to Canada to work for the Hudson s Bay Company For the next 35 years, he did the following Explored tens of thousands of kilometers of unforgiving Canadian wilderness This is the definitive biography of David Thompson, the famous astronomer and surveyor for the Hudson s Bay and North West Companies during the late 1700s and early 1800s His legacy, artfully relived within Epic Wanderer, is filled with incredible feats of exploratio...

  3. says:

    This book on David Thompson, a fur trader with the Hudson Bay Co and the Northwest Company, who during his time with them learned to survey and map His map of western Canada was quite remarkable for its time and was the most accurate for many years after.

  4. says:

    Well researched, written in flowing prose As others have complained, though, Jenish offers little help in placing Thompson s travels A book about a map maker without maps Come on The few faint replicas of his original maps aredecoration than guide.

  5. says:

    Pros One of the best parts of this book is that there are pictures of maps which help a little, by showing where the story takes place In the book it talks a lot about the fur trade, which took me by surprise The author of the book also does a great job explaining the life of David Thompson very clearly The book is a well written bibliography and the author also goes over David Thompson s whole entire life which is very important This book was really well written and I found extremely inter Pros One of the best parts of this book is that there are pictures of maps which help a little, by showing where the story takes place In the book it talks a lot about the fur trade, which took me by surprise The author of the book also does a great job explaining the life of David Thompson very clearly The book is a well written bibliography and the author also goes over David Thompson s whole entire life which is very important This book was really well written and I found extremely interesting, it was a good history lesson This bibliography is written about something that is important, which you don t learn about in school This bibliography does a great job of explaining what exploration is really about, it is a book which is very well rounded Over all this was a very good and interesting bibliography, I would have really enjoyed it if I was reading it for a college course instead of high school class Cons Even though this book was a r...

  6. says:

    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 This was why I was anxious to read Jenish s account of David Thompson I was not disappointed As I point out in my book Five Ages of Canada if British Diplomats had paid attention to Thompson s Map of the North West Territory of the Province of Canada, when they were negotiating our border west of the Rockies they had all th I agree with D Arcy Jenish that David Thompson is one of Canada s greatest unsung heroes or as Jenish writes ...

  7. says:

    I absolutely loved this book It s adventure and a well painted history based on primary sources At times the author is repetitive in telling the same thing almost verbatim in different areas as if by mistake or forgetfulness but truly an excellent and informative read One con is that the historical maps are rendered poorly in my printed copy of the book and I found myself Google mapping the locations mentioned a lot It would have been helpful to have a current map to really understand I absolutely loved this book It s adventure and a well painted history bas...

  8. says:

    Very interesting story about a lesser known contemporary of Lewis and Clark Thompson explored, and produced remarkably extensive and accurate maps of most of Canada and the upper northwestern U.S west and south of Hudson Bay The book s major weakness in my opinion, since I tend to likecolorful writing is the book tends to dry It is very much a log of Thompson s life, reading less as a narrative than a chronological listing of his activities However, I still enjoyed the story, and Very interesting story about a le...

  9. says:

    This was the best biography I have ever read And one of the saddest stories I have ever read This man had a vision for Canada 50 years before Confederation, and his maps, first prepared in 1814 would be provenaccurate than anything produced until the 20th Century The fact that nobody valued them until long after his passing, and he died in poverty is tragic and a shame to Canada A contemporary of Lewis and Clark, his travels, explorations, and hardships dwarf thefamous American d This was the best biography I have ever read And one of the saddest stories I have ever read This man had a vision for Canada 50 ye...

  10. says:

    This is an amazing book into the life of an explorer, not so known and always wondered what became of the men that charted and mapped North America and other lands A very straight forward unbiased in any direction account of David Thompson Despite all his hard wo...

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