British West Indies


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British West Indies

A historic term for the British island colonies in the West Indies. Most of the islands gained their independence in the late 20th century; a few, such as the Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands, remain British territories.

British West Indies

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(Placename) a former name for the states in the Caribbean that are members of the Commonwealth: the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; along with the islands which remain as United Kingdom dependencies: Anguilla, the Cayman Islands, Montserrat, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the British Virgin Islands

Brit′ish West` In′dies


n.pl.
(formerly) the possessions of Great Britain in the West Indies. Compare West Indies (def. 2).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.British West Indies - the islands in the West Indies that were formerly under British control, including the Bahamas, Saint Lucia, Antigua, Grenada, Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad
the Indies, West Indies - the string of islands between North America and South America; a popular resort area
British Empire - a former empire consisting of Great Britain and all the territories under its control; reached its greatest extent at the end of World War I; it included the British Isles, British West Indies, Canada, British Guiana; British West Africa, British East Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand; "the sun never sets on the British Empire"
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In Jamaica, the newly-formed Universal Negro Improvement Association organized a farewell meeting to honor members of the British West Indies Regiment (BWIR), at which Marcus Garvey "impressed on the men...
Throughout, Mulcahy overlays his synthesis with a broader methodological argument, insisting that scholars should hitch the Lowcountry and the British West Indies together in a "British Greater Caribbean" region, an area characterized by unique environmental "challenges," a "shared history," plantation economies, and most importantly, the "powerful influence of African cultures and peoples" (pp.
West Indian is used here to describe the nationality of these men; the British West Indies Regiment included men from Jamaica, the Bahamas and the other British West Indian colonies but no discrepancy is made between them.
Following the war, he completed a series of assignments as assistant Supply officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bonhomme Richard as well as the Marine Corps Air Station in El Toro, Calif., and Naval Air Station Trinidad in the British West Indies. His other assignments included duty as supply officer on the USS No/ton Sound; aide and special assistant to the Chief of Naval Materiel; student at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces; and Executive Officer at the Navy Supply Center in San Diego.
(2.) Bahamas, Bermuda, British West Indies (Cayman Islands), and prior to 2011, Netherlands Antilles.
The rebellion failed but was the first of three large-scale uprisings in the British West Indies that shook public faith in slavery in the years leading up to emancipation.
In June 1930, Archie de Pass launched one of the first local airlines in the British West Indies: Caribbean Airways.
During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Garrison was the headquarters for members of the British West Indies Regiment in Barbados.
Yet with all those attributes and successes he is now infamous, in my opinion unfairly, for what has come to be described as his "rivers of blood" speech delivered in 1968, where he spoke of the dangers of immigration by so many from the British West Indies. At the time the speech was described as "an explosion of bigotry".
From visitors and buccaneers to overseers, soldiers, and settlers, all the various influences on the British West Indies are documented in a vivid, sweeping history recommended for any world history holding.
Glasgow in particular became one of Britain's main hubs of transatlantic trade with British North America and the British West Indies.
Connors contributes to many publications including Art & Antiques, Antiques and Fine Art and The Magazine Antiques and has written many books including Caribbean Houses: History, Style and Architecture and British West Indies Style, also published by Rizzoli.

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