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    Re: Thompson mapping Canada
    From: Ken Muldrew
    Date: 2009 Dec 04, 08:57 -0700

    On 4 Dec 2009 at 5:58, joseph_schultz{at}rrv.net wrote:
    
    > We may not have heard of Thompson if it hadn't been for the efforts of
    > Joseph Tyyrrell.  His "David Thompson's narrative...." is interesting
    > reading.  The university in Toronto has a digital version of this book,
    > but the URL is a bazillion characters long.  Access it at the bottom of
    > the following.
    >
    > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Thompson_(explorer)
    >
    > I think the field books are still in Ontario's provincial archives.  Have
    > they been digitized?
    
    No. You can get microfilm through interlibrary loan but they are pretty
    tough to read. You can see a sample page here:
    
    http://www.ucalgary.ca/~kmuldrew/Thompson013.JPG
    
    Peter Fidler's journals are, by contrast, much more legible. They are also
    available in microfilm but I have images of most of what is available from
    the Hudson Bay archives if anyone is interested.
    
    Barbara Belyea, who edited Thompson's journals (Columbia Journals,
    University of Washington Press, 1998) has been working on producing a
    volume of Fidler's Saskatchewan journals but I haven't heard of a
    publication date yet.
    
    > 1870s.  WGS-84 now has N49 almost where it was at the 1818 treaty!  The
    > border in northeastern Minnesota wasn't resolved until the 1940s, due to
    > the remoteness of the area.  Didn't Thompson "survey" this area twice?
    
    After retiring from the fur trade, Thompson was part of the boundary
    survey team that implemented the borders agreed to in the Treaty of Ghent.
    
    Ken Muldrew.
    
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