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 really good bibliography it did have one or two cons One of the major cons are that the author talks about many different places, which I had no idea where they were at Some other cons are that some of the words were hard to understand and the words were out of my vocabulary range Only one of the cons were on the book and the other was just that I choose a book that was out of my reading level Those two things were the only negative things about the bibliography overall the book was very good, it was worth reading and I would read it again. Very interesting book about the exploration of the rivers of Canada around the time of the Lewis and Clark expedition Amazing what people were able to tolerate in terms of geographic and climatic challenges. Epic Wanderer, The First Full Length Biography Of Mapmaker David Thompson , 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 AlcoholLess Celebrated Than His Contemporaries Meriwether Lewis And William Clark, Thompson Spent Nearly Three Decades, Beginning In , Surveying And Mapping Than 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 ObscurityDrawing 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 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. This was a really good book about an extremely interesting man. 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 are decoration than guide. Outstanding historical read that really explained the opening of western Canada through the maps and journals of one man Such a sad ending to a man who lived such a big life. Pro Great biography of the amazing Canadian mapmaker who should have a prominent place in history.Con No readable maps in this book Unbelievable. 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 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 at a time Even in his old age he continued working, writing his 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 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. 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 for months at a time to transport furs, open trading posts and discover new routes of passage Surveyed unknown lakes, rivers, mountains and plains, living almost entirely off the land Traveled and traded with many different Aboriginal Canadians, learning their languages, politics and customs Mastered astronomy and geolocation essentially by teaching himself, using the sun and the stars for geographic coordination and guidance Recording nearly all of his travels and coordinates in journals, eventually using them to create the most detailed maps of the Canadian Northwest the world had ever seen.David Thompson is widely considered the greatest land geographer that ever lived Yet, for all his accomplishments, he died as an old man living in poverty, having been repeatedly denied publication of his maps and memoirs, and having fallen victim to accumulating debts His story was finally published in 1916, 69 years following his death Only then did the world finally come to know the incredible story of his life and accomplishments.
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- 309 pages
- Epic Wanderer: David Thompson and the Mapping of the Canadian West
- D'Arcy Jenish
- 20 July 2018 D'Arcy Jenish