East Indies

East Indies is a term used by Europeans from the 16th century onwards to identify what is now known as Indian subcontinent or South Asia, Southeastern Asia, and the islands of Oceania and Maritime Southeast Asia. The term has traditionally excluded China, Japan, and other countries to the north of India and the Himalayas.

The names "India" and "the Indies" are derived from the Indus River flowing through modern-day Pakistan, India and western Tibet and were applied by the ancient Greeks to most of the regions of Asia that lay further to the east than Persia. This usage dates at least from the time of Herodotus, in the 5th century BC (see Names of India).

Other articles related to "east indies":

Liesbeth List - Biography - Early Life
... She was born in Bandoeng, Dutch East Indies (present-day Indonesia), as Elisabeth "Elly" Dorothea Driessen ... in 1942, when during the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies, her father was forced to work in coal mines ... Four years later, the Netherlands freed the East Indies of the Japanese occupation and List and her mother were set free ...
Sultanate Of Banten - Western Contacts
... trade ships led by Cornelis de Houtman, the first ever Dutch fleet to arrive in East Indies, landed in Banten ... In 1600 the Dutch set up the Dutch East Indies Company ... The English, who started to sail to the East Indies from around 1600, established a permanent trading post in Banten in 1602 under James Lancaster ...
Christmas Day Plot - World War I - Autumn 1915
... Maverick was to sail to Dutch East Indies ... Maverick made across the Pacific for the Dutch East Indies, but her Captain had no way of forewarning the Germans there that she came not with the arms they expected, but only ... were to be shipped in mid June to Surabaya in the East Indies on the Holland American steamship SS Djember ...
Laurens Reael - East Indies
... In May 1611 he left as commandeur of four ships for the East Indies ... He quickly worked his way up to become the third Governor-General in 1616, where he was stationed at the VOC headquarters, at that time on Ternate in the Moluccas ...

Famous quotes containing the words indies and/or east:

    It is my duty to prevent, through the independence of Cuba, the U.S.A. from spreading over the West Indies and falling with added weight upon other lands of Our America. All I have done up to now and shall do hereafter is to that end.... I know the Monster, because I have lived in its lair—and my weapon is only the slingshot of David.
    José Martí (1853–1895)

    I’m glad we’ve been bombed. It makes me feel I can look the East End in the face.
    Elizabeth, Queen Mother (b. 1900)