West Indies geographical name
the islands lying between SE North America & N S. America bordering the Caribbean & comprising the Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles, & Bahamas
or West Indies Federation former country including all of the British West Indies except the Bahamas & the British Virgin Islands; established 1958, dissolved 1961
— West Indian adjective or noun
West Indies (Concise Encyclopedia)
Islands, enclosing the Caribbean Sea. Lying between southeastern North America and northern South America, they may be divided into the following groups: the Greater Antilles, including Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), and Puerto Rico; the Lesser Antilles, including the Virgin Islands, Windward Islands, Leeward Islands, Barbados, and the islands in the southern Caribbean Sea north of Venezuela (generally considered to include Trinidad and Tobago); and the Bahamas. Although physiographically not a part of the West Indies, Bermuda is often included.
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