England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south.
similarly, the Welsh name for the English language is "Saesneg". The name Albion originally referred to the entire island of Great Britain.
The nominally earliest record of the name appears in the Aristotelian Corpus, specifically the 4th century BC De Mundo: But modern scholarly consensus ascribes De Mundo not to Aristotle but to Pseudo-Aristotle, i.e.
Earlier divisions are unknown because the Britons were not literate.
Like other regions on the edge of the Empire, Britain had long enjoyed trading links with the Romans.
It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west.