What are the best novels about exploration/explorers? Fiction only
I only got Terror, Dr Doolittle and Moby Dick so far. Colonialism more than welcome, modern twist on formula even more so.
"The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much." - Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
"We feel now that our rule over these territories can only be justified if we can show that it adds to the happiness and prosperity of the people, and I maintain that our rule does, and has, brought security and I maintain that our rule does, and has, brought security and peace and comparative prosperity to countries that never knew these blessings before."- Joseph Chamberlain, The True Conception of Empire
The literature of the British Empire falls mainly into two different camps that reflected the different opinions of the time. One camp thought that it was the Empire's obligation to expand its borders to improve the quality of life in the world. Some examples of this idea would be Rudyard Kipling's poem The White Man's Burden and Chamberlain's True Conception of an Empire.