Jack Nisbet is a teacher and writer who explores human and natural history in the greater Northwest. His books include Sources of the River: Tracking David Thompson across Western North America; Visible Bones; and The Mapmakers Eye: David Thompson on the Columbia Plateau.
David Thompson (1770-1857)
British fur agent, surveyor, explorer, and cartographer David Thompson was born on the outskirts of London in April 1770. His Welsh father died before Thompson turned two years old, and the boy was placed at Grey Coat Hospital, where he received an education in writing, mathematics, and vocational skills. At …