David Thompson

THE DAVID THOMPSON HOUSE

“TY DYN Y SER”

The David Thompson House at the Devonian Botanical Gardens, built by the St. David's Welsh Society of Edmonton, commemorates the bicentennial (2007) of David Thompson’s famous journey through the Rocky Mountains. David Thompson was of Welsh descent and in recognition of his Welsh heritage and his significant contributions to the development of Canada the St. David’s Welsh Society of Edmonton erected the house at the Devonian Gardens (HWY 60, north of Devon, Alberta) in 2009. The house has maps of his historic journeys and other information about him.

 

WHO WAS DAVID THOMPSON?

 


David Thompson (1770 –1857) was one of Canada’s greatest adventurers and geographers. He was born in Westminster, London, England to Welsh parents. During his life David accomplished many things: he discovered the source of North America’s fourth largest river, the Columbia; he was the first European to follow the river; the man responsible for creating the first reliable map of the West. He was integral in founding a network of fur trading posts, and his overland North West routes were used for over 75 years before the establishment of the railways. The Canadian government honored him in 1957 by featuring his likeness on a stamp and the Alberta government renamed a highway after him. The North and South Thompson Rivers in British Columbia are also named after him.

The years 2007 - 2011 mark the 200th anniversary of Thompson's trans-mountain trade and exploration. 

 

                                   

 

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