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The Caribbean or the West Indies are a group of island states in the Caribbean Sea. The name West Indies originates from the thought that the American continent was in fact India.

Present-day territories of the Caribbean

Historical groupings

Most islands at some point were, or still are, colonies of European nations:

The British West Indies, formerly united in the West Indies Federation, still make up a composite cricket team that successfully competes in test matches and one-day internationals.

Native American Tribes

See also: History of the Caribbean, African diaspora, British Afro-Caribbean community[?]

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