'Countries westward of the Rocky Mountains'
Scope and Contents
'Remarks on the countries westward of the Rocky Mountains with reference to the rough chart by David Thompson', 4 pages. The document is signed and dated by Thompson. The chart referred to is not present.
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Biographical / Historical
David Thompson (1770-1857) was born at Westminster, London, on 30 April 1770, and educated at Grey Coat School, Westminster. He was apprenticed to the Hudson's Bay Company in 1784, and was employed as a clerk at Hudson Bay and in the interior. He joined the North West Company in 1797, becoming a partner, and worked in the fur trade until 1812. During this period, Thompson undertook exploratory expeditions, during which he mapped the terrain and became the first white man to descend the Columbia River from its source to its mouth. He was engaged on surveying the boundary between Canada and the United States from 1816 to 1826, and subsequently worked on other surveys. He died at Longueuil, near Montreal, on 10 February 1857.
4 page(s) : paper
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Other Finding Aids
Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 136.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The provenance of the collection is not known.
This collection level description was created by RAS. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on David Thompson in W. Stewart Wallace, ed., 'The Macmillan dictionary of Canadian biography', 4th edition (Toronto, 1978), pp. 827-828.
Thompson, David, 1770-1857, explorer and geographer
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