David Thompson (1770-1857), an explorer, fur trade employee, and cartographer, crosses the Rocky Mountains in 1807 to Kutenai. Thompson establishes Fort Kootenai/Kootenay House below the Upper Columbia Lake after cautiously crossing Piikani (Blackfoot) territory; Piikani people were targeting traders in retaliation to Captain Lewis’ murders of two Piikani individuals. By arrival in Kutenai territory, Thompson’s crew exhaust their food supply and rely on provisions of Roe Deer given by local Kutenai men.
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