Sources of the River: Tracking David Thompson Across Western North America

by Jack Nisbet

Paperback, 2002

Call number

NWC 910.9 NIS



Sasquatch Books (2002), 288 pages


The awe-inspiring story of explorer David Thompson, whose expeditions helped shape western 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 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.… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member marywhisner
Fur trader and explorer David Thompson (1770-1857) was apprenticed to the Hudson Bay Co. in 1784 and spent most of his career with the North West Co. He was the first to map the full length of the Columbia River. Quite a good story, well told.
LibraryThing member nancymanderson
I sat down with this book and could not put it down till it was finished. Great read, wonderful story, lots of fur trade detail that added to whatever information I already had.





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