The West Indies includes the islands bordering the Caribbean Sea, plus the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, which are surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Historically, the term "West India" was sometimes used to mean all these islands as well. 
It is often divided up by association with European countries:
Related terms include:
- West India Company
- Dutch West India Company, a chartered company of Dutch merchants, founded in 1621
- West Indies cricket team
- West Indies Federation, a short-lived federation of former British colonies in the Caribbean
- East Indies, India and southeast Asia.
- The West Indian, a 1771 play by Richard Cumberland
- Alfred Caldecott The Church in the West Indies - 1898 Page 11 "These latter, grouped later under the name British Guiana, as well as the Colony of Honduras, are usually included under the general term " West Indies" and the term is so employed in this history.
- -Hilary McD Beckles The Development of West Indies Cricket, Vol. 2: The Age of Nationalism - 1999 Page 15 ".. as a place of betterment and opportunity, the discontinuity in cricketing relations seems phenomenal and demands an explanation. It is instructive to note, at the outset, that use of the term 'West Indies' in reference to a given territorial ...
- West Indian Intellectuals in Britain Bill Schwarz - 2003 - Page 33 - Aperçu - Autres éditions I want to ask what a genealogy of the term would look like. Being a West Indian was neither fixed nor essential. My focus here is on the metropolitan lens: this is, of course, only a part of the story.8 The term West Indies is complicated in itself"