Thompson's Highway

By Alan Twigg

Thompson's Highway
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For his third volume about BC literary history, Alan Twigg traces the writings of David Thompson, Alexander Mackenzie, Simon Fraser and thirty of their peers, mainly Scotsmen, who founded and managed more than fifty forts west of the Rockies prior to 1850. After the failure ... Read more


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For his third volume about BC literary history, Alan Twigg traces the writings of David Thompson, Alexander Mackenzie, Simon Fraser and thirty of their peers, mainly Scotsmen, who founded and managed more than fifty forts west of the Rockies prior to 1850. After the failure of Alexander Mackenzie and Simon Fraser to find a navigable route to the Pacific Ocean, it was the remarkable mapmaker, David Thompson, who was instrumental in creating the "highway" for commerce that connected both sides of the North American continent. Thompson's exploration and mapping enabled George Simpson, the "Little Emperor" of the Hudson's Bay Company, and James Douglas, the founding father of the province, finally to bring viability to the corporate fur trade on the so-called Western Slope."Since the deaths of W. Kaye Lamb, William Ireland, Margaret Ormsby, and Charles Lillard, Twigg has been the main voice for what I call the British Columbia narrative." —Barry Gough, Papers of The Bibliographical Society of Canada

Alan Twigg

Alan Twigg, publisher and editor of 'B.C. BookWorld', is the author of eight previous books, including 'Cuba: A Concise History for Travellers, Intensive Care' (a volume of poetry), and 'Twigg's Directory of 1,001 B.C. Writers'. His articles have appeared in the 'Globe and Mail, Maclean's', the 'Toronto Star', the 'Georgia Straight', and the 'Vancouver Sun'. He lives in Vancouver.

Reviews

“Passionately, almost obsessively, Twigg has been drawing the map of our conglomerate culture.” —Pacific Rim Review of Books“Twigg is the Ali Baba of Canadian literary studies. He finds literary gems from the often silent and discursive past and brings them to life. . . . Since the deaths of W. Kaye Lamb, William Ireland, Margaret Ormsby, and Charles Lillard, Twigg has been the main voice for what I call the British Columbia narrative.” —Barry Gough, Bibliographical Society of Canada

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