The history of long distance communication begins with the development of language itself.
Humans have always found ways to communicate with each other through a combination of symbols, gestures, and primitive language.
And while these methods may have been effective at getting a message across when standing face to face with the recipient, sending it through a courier sometimes proved to be unreliable, as anyone who’s ever played the game Telephone as a child will know.
As humans developed though, the need to communicate complex ideas became more and more necessary.
We developed governments, trade systems, and educational institutions, all of which required detailed explanation and meticulous organization.
And with this need came the development of formal written languages.