Meaning of West Indies in English:

West Indies

Pronunciation /ˌwɛst ˈɪndɪz/

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proper noun

  • A chain of islands extending from the Florida peninsula to the coast of Venezuela, lying between the Caribbean and the Atlantic.

    They consist of three main island groups, the Greater and Lesser Antilles and the Bahamas, with Bermuda lying further to the north. Originally inhabited by Arawak and Carib Indians, the islands were visited by Columbus in 1492 and named by him in the belief that he had reached the coast of India. The islands now consist of a number of independent states and British, French, Dutch, and US dependencies