Exploration Reference library
An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age
...pretty transparently, arose from the need to legitimize the British acquisition of the Cape in 1802 . The authoritative character of exploratory writing was undermined not only by these forms of incoherence but also by the association of the genre with fantasy and misrepresentation. While a few notable explorers, such as Cook and Park, were widely presented as exemplary heroes, others, including James *Bruce , were sometimes regarded as charlatans. Because the value of a particular journey was so closely identified with new discoveries and with the...