Smith is better known as a map publisher in London, and his work in globe making undoubtably stems from the competitive spirit between his great rival John Cary, who dominated the field in early nineteenth-century London. This globe has an interesting depiction of the 'lost island' of Isle Grande off the coast of Argentina. The island was 'discovered' by Antonio de la Roche in 1675, but never sighted again. La Pérouse searched for it in 1785 in vain, but the position of the island still lingered on Admiralty charts until the early 19th century. Smith marks the island on his globe as 'very doubtfull'.