Posted on February 6, 2004. Filed under: Uncategorized |

1. A person of European descent born in the West Indies or Spanish America.
2. A person descended from or culturally related to the original French settlers of the southern United States, especially Louisiana.
3. The French dialect spoken by these people.
4. A person descended from or culturally related to the Spanish and Portuguese settlers of the Gulf States.
5. often creole A person of mixed Black and European ancestry who speaks a creolized language, especially one based on French or Spanish.
6. A Black slave born in the Americas as opposed to one brought from Africa. ”

West Indies: An archipelago between southeast North America and northern South America, separating the Caribbean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean and including the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles, and the Bahama Islands. The original inhabitants were Caribs and Arawaks. Several of the islands were sighted and explored by Columbus during his voyages of 1492-1504. The first permanent European settlement was made by the Spanish on Hispaniola in 1496. During the colonial period the English, French, and Dutch also laid claim to various islands, and the United States acquired Puerto Rico and part of the Virgin Islands in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

1. A large group of islands
2. A sea, such as the Aegean, containing a large number of scattered islands

Hispaniola: An island of the West Indies east of Cuba, divided between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Originally inhabited by Arawak Indians, it was discovered by Columbus in 1492 and was originally called Espa�ola. The western part (now Haiti) was ceded to France by Spain in 1697. The Dominican Republic, on the eastern part of the island, was formed in 1844.

Hispanic: Though often used interchangeably in American English, Hispanic and Latino are not identical terms, and in certain contexts the choice between them can be significant. Hispanic, from the Latin word for �Spain,� has the broader reference, potentially encompassing all
Spanish-speaking peoples in both hemispheres and emphasizing the common denominator of language among communities that sometimes have little else in common. Latinowhich in Spanish means “Latin” but which as an English word is probably a shortening of the Spanish word latinoamericanorefers more exclusively to persons or communities of Latin American origin.

East Indies: Indonesia. The term is sometimes used to refer to all of Southeast Asia. Historically, it referred chiefly to India; a group of islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans between Asia and Australia. syn: Malay Archipelago

Malay: 1. A member of a people inhabiting Malaysia, the northern Malay Peninsula, and parts of the western Malay Archipelago. 2. The Austronesian language of the Malays. Also called Bahasa Malay.

Austronesia: The islands of the Pacific Ocean, including Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.

Austro-: Prefix meaning “Southern” as in Austro-Asiatic. From Latin auster, austr-, south. See aus- in Indo-European Roots.

So, it was clearly the English who named “Austria”. This makes me wonder about the bias (wrong word) that is inherent in many names that English-speakers take for granted, such as “The Netherlands” (they’re clearly not ‘netherlands’ to the people who live in them. :)


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