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|DAVID THOMPSON was a Canadian fur trader-explorer-surveyor for the North West Company headquartered in Montreal. In 1807, he crossed the Rocky Mountains for the first time in search of beaver and even perhaps the fabled Northwest Passage.
In 1809, just three years after Lewis & Clark had passed through the region 100 miles to the south, he became the first white man to establish trading posts along the Clark's Fork River; Kullyspel House near the town of Hope, ID and Saleesh House near Thompson Falls, MT.
Trading primarily with the Saleesh and Kootanae (Thompson's spelling) Indians up and down the river he called the river the Saleesh after the people he first encountered there. In 1810 his men built a third trading house on the Spokane River near Nine Mile Falls in eastern Washington. He remained in charge of the NWCo's trading operations west of the Rockies until his final departure from the west in 1812. This book focuses primarily on his travels across North America during that period of his western adventures.
|WRITTEN WITH A DIFFERENT SLANT: The author spent much of his life in the forests of the west as a professional forester and surveyor. In Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness Area he worked as a big game packer and hunting guide. Like many interested in the fur trade phenomenon, he spent several years actively involved in fur trade re-enactment, better known as "buckskinning".|
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