West Indies | use of the term

Use of the term

The West Indies in relation to continental America

Tulane University professor Rosanne Adderly says:

[T]he phrase "West Indies" distinguished the territories encountered by Columbus or and claimed by Spain from discovery claims by other powers in [Asia's] "East Indies"... The term "West Indies" was eventually used by all European nations to describe their own acquired territories in the Americas... considering British Caribbean colonies collectively as the "West Indies" had its greatest political importance in the 1950s with the movement to create a federation of those colonies that could ultimately become an independent nation... Despite the collapse of the Federation [in the early 1960s]... the West Indies continues to field a joint cricket team for international competition.[5]

Despite the clarification that they are not actually part of India, the term stuck, primarily for British imperialistic reasons.

The West Indies cricket team includes participants from Guyana, which is geographically located in South America.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Wes-Indië
Ænglisc: Westindīega
অসমীয়া: ৱেষ্ট ইণ্ডিজ
Bân-lâm-gú: Sai Ìn-tō͘ Kûn-tó
беларуская: Вест-Індыя
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Вэст-Індыя
Cebuano: West Indies
čeština: Západní Indie
dansk: Vestindien
فارسی: هند غربی
ગુજરાતી: વેસ્ટ ઇન્ડિઝ
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Sî Yin-thu Khiùn-tó
한국어: 서인도 제도
հայերեն: Վեստ Ինդիա
Bahasa Indonesia: Hindia Barat
interlingua: Indias Occidental
Кыргызча: Вест-Индия
latviešu: Vestindija
lietuvių: Vest Indija
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Să̤ Éng-dô Gùng-dō̤
Nederlands: West-Indië
Nordfriisk: Kariibisk eilunen
norsk: Vestindia
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Vest-Indiya
پنجابی: لہندا انڈیز
português: Índias Ocidentais
русский: Вест-Индия
sicilianu: Indi Uccidintali
српски / srpski: Западне Индије
svenska: Västindien
українська: Вест-Індія
Tiếng Việt: Tây Ấn
žemaitėška: Vest Indėjė