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]

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
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