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Sources of the River: Tracking David Thompson Across North America

Sources of the River Tracking David Thompson Across North America In this true story of adventure author Jack Nisbet re creates the life and times of David Thompson fur trader explorer surveyor and mapmaker From to Thompson explored western North Amer

  • Title: Sources of the River: Tracking David Thompson Across North America
  • Author: Jack Nisbet
  • ISBN: 9781570615221
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this true story of adventure, author Jack Nisbet re creates the life and times of David Thompson fur trader, explorer, surveyor, and mapmaker From 1784 to 1812, Thompson explored western North America, and his field journals provide the earliest written accounts of the natural history and indigenous cultures of the what is now British Columbia, Alberta, Montana, Idaho,In this true story of adventure, author Jack Nisbet re creates the life and times of David Thompson fur trader, explorer, surveyor, and mapmaker From 1784 to 1812, Thompson explored western North America, and his field journals provide the earliest written accounts of the natural history and indigenous cultures of the what is now British Columbia, Alberta, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon Thompson was the first person to chart the entire route of the Columbia river, and his wilderness expeditions have become the stuff of legend Jack Nisbet tracks the explorer across the content, interweaving his own observations with Thompson s historical writings The result is a fascinating story of two men discovering the Northwest territory almost two hundred years apart.

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    1. Sources of the River tells the story of David Thompson, the fur trader who was the first European to explore the northern Rocky Mountain region in the U.S. and Canada. Thompson was born in 1770 and grew up in an orphanage in London before going to work for the Hudson Bay Company in 1784. Thompson entered the business just as increased competition in the fur trade was forcing fur companies to explore further inland from Hudson Bay and the east coast of North America. Early on, Thompson picked up [...]


    2. I was thoroughly captivated by this well-written account of the life and explorations of David Thompson. So much is known and written about the travels of Lewis and Clark, yet Thompson is rarely mentioned. Jack Nisbet has a gift!


    3. Real explorers eat their horses and build canoes. Great history of the Lewis and Clark contemporary looking for the source and mouth of the Columbia while trying to earn a living as a fur trader.



    4. Interesting read. Begins with Thompson's orphaned beginnings in England, his employ by the Hudson Bay Company, beginning in Churchill, then, York Factory, and progression West. He ended up with the North West Company (competitor of the HBC) and explored many of the river systems across the Prairies and even into the US - the Missouri in particular. He had taught himself navigational and mapmaking skills, becoming so particular, fastidious and accurate that he would take three shoots, sometimes b [...]


    5. A book club selection, this is a wonderful tale of David Thompson's explorations in the late 18th and early 19th century, seeking a viable route through the Rocky Mountains in the land that became Canada and the United States. While Lewis and Clark ultimately beat Thompson to the Columbia River, the story of Thompson's many years of fur-trading journeys - particularly the focus on interactions with Native Americans - is beautifully told in conjunction with passages from Thompson's own lengthy di [...]


    6. This is a book my Dad read a couple of times because he enjoyed it so much, and then he gave me his copy because he knew I was interested in books about explorers and about travel in remote places. In the days of David Thompson, western North America was indeed remote! When David Thompson first crossed the Rockies in 1801, he was the first to survey and chart the rivers and landmarks west of the Great Divide, and his teams were the first white men that many aboriginal tribes encountered. And tho [...]


    7. David Thompson was the first European to explore and map the full reach of the Columbia River from its source in the northern Rocky Mountains in what is now British Columbia. He ranged over the inland upper northwest, setting up trade houses and surveying for the NorthWest Company, a competitor to Hudson's Bay Company for the fur trade. His sharp eye and meticulous practices lead to such accurate latitude and longitude readings that they stand up to modern techniques. He also observed the social [...]


    8. Jack Nisbet takes us on two journeys with his book, Sources of the River: Tracking David Thompson Across North America. One journey is his personal trek to find David Thompson; to track his movements across the Northwestern part of the American continent during the first years of the 19th century and to connect with him. The other journey comes from Thompson's journals and the written and mapped record of his treks through Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Nisbet makes a wonderful narrat [...]


    9. Excellent historical geography/biography told by jack nisbett as he retraces the path of david thompson, explorer and navigator for the hbc and nwc, mapping the source of the columbia in the expansion of the furmen across the inland northwest. jack inserts occasional modern narrative, bringing the past into present. With maps of the incredible breadth of country explored. Amazing recounting from Thompson's journals and other sources of the wild country, many tribes, interesting individuals, and [...]


    10. Excellent story of David Thompson and his search for a Northwest Passage. A Canadian hero. Book can be compared with Undaunted Courage, the story of Lewis and Clark's exploration over some of the same ground.



    11. This book tells the amazing story of the exploration of the tributaries of the Columbia River in the late 1700's. David Thompson's journeys are as remarkable as the voyage of Lewis and Clark.




    12. We're reading this as a read-aloud - I like the way the narrative alternates between David Thompson's story and Jack Nisbet's experiences walking the same country almost two hundred years later.


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