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The term British West Indies refers to territories in and around the Caribbean which were colonised by Great Britain.[1] Collectively these territories are also now known as the Anglophone Caribbean. Between 1958 and 1962 all of the island territories except the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda and the Bahamas were organized into the West Indies Federation. It was hoped that the Federation would become independent as a single nation, but it had limited powers, many practical problems and a lack of popular support, and was consequently dissolved. Most of the territories, including all the larger ones, are now independent as separate countries, while some of the smaller ones remain British dependencies. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1080x810, 298 KB) Summary Roadtown, Tortola, BVI - 2005 Photo: Henry Alcock-White (Henry aw 23:34, 10 July 2006 (UTC)) Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1080x810, 298 KB) Summary Roadtown, Tortola, BVI - 2005 Photo: Henry Alcock-White (Henry aw 23:34, 10 July 2006 (UTC)) Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the... West Indian redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The term Anglophone Caribbean is used to refer to the independent English-speaking countries of the Caribbean region. ... National motto: Official language English Political status Overseas territory of the UK Capital Chaguaramas Largest cities Kingston and Port of Spain Monarch Queen Elizabeth II Governor-General Patrick George Thomas Buchan-Hepburn Prime Minister Grantley Herbert Adams (West Indies Federal Labour Party) Creation January 3, 1958 (union of most of... A United Kingdom overseas territory (formerly known as a dependent territory or earlier as a crown colony) is a territory that is under the sovereignty and formal control of the United Kingdom but is not part of the United Kingdom proper (almost exclusively Great Britain and Northern Ireland). ...


The former British territories that form the British West Indies are;

Islands that remain British overseas territories are;

The anglophone countries of Central America and South America are also historically considered to be part of the British West Indies. These are; Map of Central America Central America is the central geographic region of the Americas. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ...

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Flag of British Honduras British Honduras was the former name of a British colony on the east coast of Central America just to the south-east of Mexico, now the independent nation of Belize. ...

Cricket

Cricket is traditionally the main sport in the the British West Indies (though others sports such as football and basketball have challenged its dominance from around the 1990s onwards). Most of the countries and territories listed above field a combined cricket team called the West Indian cricket team or "Windies", which is one of the ten elite international teams that play Test match cricket. The British West Indies will host the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... Learie Constantine, was one of the first great West Indian players. ... A Test match between South Africa and England in January 2005. ... The 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup is currently taking place in the West Indies from March 13 to April 28, 2007. ...


Fraudulent documents and other activities

There have been a number of fraudulent documents and other deceptions sold by various parties claiming to be issued by the British West Indies, playing on the confusion with the British Virgin Islands. [1] [2] The British West Indies is not a country, and any documents supposedly issued by that "government" are invalid.


Trivia

  • Citizens of current British West Indian territories often call themselves "Belongers".

A legal classification normally associated with Britains Overseas Territories. ...

See also

The term Anglophone Caribbean is used to refer to the independent English-speaking countries of the Caribbean region. ... West Indian redirects here. ... British colonization of the Americas began under the Kingdom of England in the late 16th century, before reaching its peak after the Acts of Union 1707, which established the Kingdom of Great Britain. ... British North America was an informal term first used in 1783, but uncommon before the Report on the Affairs of British North America (1839), called the Durham Report. ...

Footnotes

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Library of Congress / Federal Research Division / Country Studies / Area Handbook Series/ Islands of the Commonwealth ... (9166 words)
Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago: University of the West Indies, 1976.
Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago: University of the West Indies, 1978.
Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago: University of the West Indies, 1979.
MSN Encarta - West Indies (2024 words)
West Indies, an archipelago, or group of islands, that extends in an arc from near southern Florida to the coast of Venezuela.
The West Indies archipelago consists of four island chains: The Bahamas, the Greater Antilles, and the eastern and southern islands of the Lesser Antilles.
Except for the northern half of The Bahamas, the islands of the West Indies are all in the tropics, the warm climate zone between latitudes 10° and 23°27’ north.
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