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
Most islands at some point were, or still are, colonies of European nations:
- British West Indies[?] - Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands
- Danish West Indies - present-day United States Virgin Islands
- Dutch West Indies[?] - present-day Netherlands Antilles and Aruba
- French West Indies[?] - the French overseas départements of Guadeloupe and Martinique
- Spanish ...
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.
See also: History of the Caribbean, African diaspora, British Afro-Caribbean community[?]
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