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1814.
Using his knowledge of astronomy, and with fearless navigation, David Thompson creates extensively detailed maps of legendary accuracy. In 1814, he delivers his map of Western Canada to the North West Company. He receives little recognition for his work, even though it will be Canada’s most accurate and referenced map for the next 100 years.

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In the east I am a mere beggar-man
I can barely find a roof over my head
I can find no one to hear the counsel
I would give of a land they do not know

In the west I was a peacemaking man
A willing servant to the ways of the wild
They all knew me and they all knew of me
That I could find a home in every hill

Oh, the way the world turns, the way it goes
Oh, we make our way forward, the best we know

In the east I am a lonely solitary
Figure of a man who was
I don’t understand our ways and customs anymore
Than I know what lies above

In the west I was a stargazer
I had the company of skies I knew so well
Every step I took was one step further
Than my people ever did before

In the west there is a mountainous impasse
Guarded by six meter of snow
Few have ever seen it, fewer still have crossed it
But the way across I know

In the west there is a great forest
Filled with tree proportions never seen before
Barren wilderness as far as the eye can see
And this wilderness I know

Oh, we’ve both forgotten and have been forgot
Oh, we’ve both passed o’er and have been passed o’er

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from The West Beyond The West, released November 9, 2012

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Great Lonely Wild Vancouver, British Columbia

Original roots and folk music about the 19th Century Pacific Northwest.

The sounds of mandolin, banjo, concertina, violin, guitar and vocal harmonies will expose you to the tales and stories of those who came before us in Canada's West. ... more

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