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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

How did Asia get it's name?

Also if you can help?? What islands are part of the Antilles?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The word Asia entered English, via Latin, from Ancient Greek Ασία (Asia; see also List of traditional Greek place names). This name is first attested in Herodotus (about 440 BC), where it refers to Asia Minor; or, for the purposes of describing the Persian Wars, to the Persian Empire, in contrast to Greece and Egypt. Herodotus comments that he is puzzled as to why three women's names are used to describe one land mass (Europa, Asia and Libya, referring to Africa), stating that most Greeks assumed that Asia was named after the wife of Prometheus but that the Lydians say it was named after Asias, son of Cotys who passed the name on to a tribe in Sardis.

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    The Antilles (the same in French; Antillas in Spanish; Antillen in Dutch) refers to the islands forming the greater part of the West Indies in the Caribbean. The Antilles are divided into two major groups: the "Greater Antilles" to the north including the larger islands of Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic), and Puerto Rico; and the smaller "Lesser Antilles" on the southeast — comprising the northerly Leeward Islands, the southeasterly Windward Islands, and the Leeward Antilles just north of Venezuela. The Bahamas, though part of the West Indies, are generally not included among the Antillean islands.[1]

    The Greater Antilles are made up of continental rock, as distinct from the Lesser Antilles, which are mostly young volcanic or coral islands.

    Geographically, the Antilles are typically reckoned as part of North America. Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico – due to the prevalence of Spanish – are included in Latin America

    Greater Antilles.

    Cuba

    Hispaniola

    Dominican Republic

    Haiti

    Jamaica

    Puerto Rico (U.S. commonwealth)

    Cayman Islands (geographical zone under Cuba)

    Lesser Antilles

    Anguilla (Br.)

    Antigua and Barbuda

    Aruba (Neth.)

    Barbados

    Bonaire (Neth. Ant.)

    British Virgin Islands

    Curaçao (Neth. Ant.)

    Dominica

    Grenada

    Guadeloupe (Fr.)

    Martinique (Fr.)

    Montserrat (Br.)

    Netherlands Antilles (Neth.)

    Redonda (part of Antigua and Barbuda)

    Saba (Neth. Ant.)

    Saint Barthélemy (Fr.)

    Saint Kitts and Nevis

    Saint Lucia

    Saint Martin (Fr.)/ Sint Maarten (Neth. Ant.)

    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

    Saint Eustatius (a.k.a. "Statia") (Neth. Ant.)

    Trinidad and Tobago

    U.S. Virgin Islands

  • 1 decade ago

    In early Classical times, the term "Asia" referred only to the small region known today as Anatolia (a part of Turkey). Eventually however, the name came to denote the much larger land area with which we associate it today.

    The etymology of Asia can only be guessed at. The strongest possibility is that it derives from a borrowed Semitic root "Asu", which means varyingly 'rising' or 'light', of course a directional referring to the sunrise, Asia thus meaning 'Eastern Land'.

    Antilles:

    The Antilles (the same in French; Antillas in Spanish; Antillen in Dutch) refers to the islands forming the greater part of the West Indies in the Caribbean. The Antilles are divided into two major groups: the "Greater Antilles" to the north including the larger islands of Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic), and Puerto Rico; and the smaller "Lesser Antilles" on the southeast — comprising the northerly Leeward Islands, the southeasterly Windward Islands, and the Leeward Antilles just north of Venezuela. The Bahamas, though part of the West Indies, are generally not included among the Antillean islands.

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    5 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    I'll give you a more useful answer: next time, try wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org). The answers you received above are basically "copy paste" of the more complete original article...

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  • Kalev
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    1 decade ago

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