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David Thompson: The Great Mapmaker

David Thompson: The Great Mapmaker

| 28 min
The History Makers
The History Makers
1964 6 films

From the most intrepid explorers to the fathers of Confederation, this series of 17 half-hour episodes tells the compelling early history of our great country.


This short film recreates the story of David Thompson – a man who, over the course of his lifetime, mapped a-million-and-a-half square miles of uncharted territory. His achievement remains unsurpassed.

  • director
    Bernard Devlin
  • executive producer
    Guy Glover
  • script
    Charles Cohen
  • camera
    Michel Thomas-d'Hoste
  • sound
    Claude Pelletier
    George Croll
  • editing
    Tony Lower
  • sound editing
    Marguerite Payette
  • cast
    Ivor Barry
    James Douglas
    Sean Mulcahy
    Charles Palmer
    Tony Van Bridge
    Gerard Parkes
    Roland Chenail
    Kahn Tineta Horn
    Lawrence Dane


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Ages 11 to 15

Study Guides - Guide 1 | Guide 2

Geography - Physical Geography/Geology
History - Canada under British Rule (1764-1867)
History - Early Canadian Exploration (1600s-1800s)

Plot the main explorations of David Thompson on a map of Western Canada. Describe the differences between the HBC and the NWC as depicted in the film. Summarize the major events in David Thompson's life by writing a timeline or biography.

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