Why Are the West Indies Called the West Indies?

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The West Indies are called West Indies because Columbus had a mistaken impression that he’d arrived on or near the country of India and named the Islands West Indies, to differentiate it from the East Indies yet they had nothing to do with the Indian people. Columbus however believed that he’d arrived in an eastern scattering of islands near India.
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The West Indies refers to over 3000 large islands and island chains, located mostly south and slightly east of Florida, east of Central America and Southern Mexico, and north of South America. Some of these islands are located in the Caribbean Sea, while others form a bridge between the Caribbean and the North Atlantic Ocean. The name 'West Indies' was coined by Columbus when he mistakenly called the aboriginal peoples of South and North America 'Indians'.
It is called West Indies because Columbus thought he had at last reached Asia (and the East Indies). Back in Spain, when Columbus' mistake was exposed, he renamed them the West Indies, to differentiate them from the East Indies in the Pacific Ocean, which is now called Indonesia.
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The West Indies is a region in the Caribbean Sea. The region consists of multiple islands in the area like the Antilles, Greater Antilles and Lesser Antilles.
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they are called the red indians. there are also 35million people in the west indies. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO THATS ALOT were called west indian people kusz we live in the west indies
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The first answerer is spot on, with the official line. The truth is that Christobal Colon knew perfectly well that he wasn't going anywhere near the 'Indies'. He had charts that he
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