Originally Posted by Mikhnienko
Undoubtedly the most overrated hypejob in history. They're an island nation that built up their navy and sailed to the far corners of the world to "conquer" a bunch of Natives who didn't have blackpower or firearms. If they were so formitable and dominant why didn't they conquer mainland Europe, they couldn't even get the best of their closest neighbours.
For example if England was geographically positioned where Poland is surrounded by Germany, Scandanavia, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary they would have ceased to exist by the 16th century. Magyars alone would have owned them.
Well, geography plays a huge role in it. THey weren't located in inland Europe, so they weren't wiped out by the 16th century.
They were never conquered, even briefly, by the French, like the Spanish were. Or how the Germans conquered basically all of Europe except the English.
They had no use for inland Europe; they were all about resources. Spices, precious metals, etc.
They have without a doubt left the most lasting impact upon the world of all the most recent empires (French, British, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese).