A region of beauty and delight?
in The Arctic in the British imagination 1818–1914
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The Arctic became represented in a surprising variety of media. Geographically the area studied has been restricted to the western Arctic of Greenland and Canada, because for most of the period that was the centre of British interest. The substantial and systematic assault by Britain on the Arctic between 1818 and 1845 generated a wide variety of representations. For the literate enthusiast, the detailed reporting of expeditions on their return in The Times, and the numerous published narratives, provided an enormous amount of new information about Arctic landscapes and seascapes, atmospheric and other scientific phenomena, expedition activity and native peoples. Some, such as Franklin's narrative of his first overland journey in Canada, became best-sellers. In the Arctic, exploration was mostly organised from the sea, not unlike Cook's exploration of the south Pacific, whereas in Africa and Asia, once the expedition had arrived, exploration was land-based.

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