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Weekly Ponderings: People brought character and culture to Peace River Part 33

The “great advantage” Charlotte Small provided David Thompson as she accompanied her husband on his exploration and surveying endeavours was not only that of her pleasant personality and Métis heritage, but also her linguistic attributes. She spoke French and Cree and was able to decipher related dialects of the tribes they met along the way. “She moved easily among them and was more readily trusted, for although her father was a lowland Scot, Charlotte’s appearance was that of her mother’s people.” Her grandson William Scott, described her as “about five feet tall, active and wiry, with black eyes and skin almost copper-coloured”.

Beth Wilkins 5 days ago Editorial
•	IMG_ 000.00 – View from Misery Mountain shows approximate area at the confluence of Heart and Peace rivers where David Thompson was said to have camped in the early 1800s. Note: three bridges over the Heart River. The pedestrian bridge leads to the Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre on the right bank of the Heart.

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