Prior to satellites, the complete mapping of the globe was done one coastline at a time. If you ever have the chance to pick up a current maritime map, you will notice that the date and surveyor (usually the UK, France, or Holland) are noted in every location plotted out. As a civilization, we have been “discovering” the globe since humans arrived on this planet. Whether you believe we appeared via evolution, divine intervention, or some spacecraft…one thing is for certain, it’s taken nearly 50,000 years to map out the surface of Earth. It is a vast mass covered by mountain ranges, endless seas, and the occasional pirate who prefers to remain off the map.
At the forefront of the mapping effort was the British Empire. In the name of the Crown, the British have played a huge role in creating a visual illustration of the Earth, and they also famously set up a few clubhouses along the way. Not all of their exploration tactics have been warmly embraced, but leaving politics, resource pillaging, and the unforgivable sin of bringing the “English Kitchen” to regions of culinary superiority aside, there is a certain “Englishness” to a globe.