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From: blackgold518/12/02 3:07 AM 
To: All  (1 of 9) 
Just recently I received a message in my email from someone that apparently knows I frequently visit this site. The name and email were unfamiliar to me, so I guess it was just someone wanting to remain unknown. No matter. I thought the gist of the message was important enough for mention. For some reason or other, he/she felt it necessary to inform me that I should "get educated," because Columbus thought he made it to the West Indies, so that is why he called the people he met there by the name "indians."

Apparently, this person was saying that "we" (American Indians, black indians and anyone else possessing any native american ancestry) aren't really "indians." Well, I found some information, without too much trouble at:


Under the title: "The First Voyage," that nicely explains why Columbus called the people he met, "indians."

Hmmm...perhaps, they're the one who needs to "get educated."

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Edited 8/12/2002 3:10:06 AM ET by blackgold51

Edited 8/12/2002 3:19:39 AM ET by blackgold51
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From: wanbli5298/13/02 11:24 AM 
To: blackgold51  (2 of 9) 
 576.2 in reply to 576.1 
Well, on the rez, we just say Indian. We believe it came from the Spanish in dios; India was called Hindustan at the time.

From: ctj5278/13/02 12:38 PM 
To: wanbli529  (3 of 9) 
 576.3 in reply to 576.2 
A very timely discussion is starting here...

More forthcoming when I get a chance to download the stuff...

I also invite both you and BLACKGOLD to participate in the
one I'm trying to start via the General Subjects section...

Thanks for reading/listening...



From: wcdhwch8/23/02 2:43 PM 
To: ctj527  (4 of 9) 
 576.4 in reply to 576.3 

Christopher Columbus, of course, thought he had arrived in the “Indies,” the medieval name for Asia. Using Marco Polo's Travels among other sources, Columbus calculated that his voyage would lead him to Cathay (China), Cipango (Japan), the Spice Islands (the Mollucas), and India.


From: ctj5278/24/02 12:32 PM 
To: wcdhwch  (5 of 9) 
 576.5 in reply to 576.4 
Thank you for your reply...

From: wanbli5298/24/02 4:59 PM 
To: wcdhwch  (6 of 9) 
 576.6 in reply to 576.4 
Actually, someone from the Indies, in Spanish, is indiano, whereas the Spanish word for American Indians is indio.

From: wcdhwch8/24/02 9:13 PM 
To: wanbli529  (7 of 9) 
 576.7 in reply to 576.6 
Was it always that way, or did it change from the word first used when they found out where they actually were?

From: wanbli5298/26/02 11:20 AM 
To: wcdhwch  (8 of 9) 
 576.8 in reply to 576.7 
Christobel Colon's journals have references to "un gente in dios."

From: blackgold518/26/02 9:21 PM 
To: wcdhwch  (9 of 9) 
 576.9 in reply to 576.7 

Some further information about the name given to indians and more appears at:


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Edited 8/26/2002 9:23:06 PM ET by blackgold51

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