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    The Origin of the Term Indian for Native Americans

    The Historical Context of the Term “Indian” The term “Indian” was originally used by Christopher Columbus, who mistakenly believed that he had landed in the East Indies, near India, when he arrived in the Caribbean in 1492. He referred to the indigenous people he encountered as “los Indios,” meaning “the Indians,” and the name stuck. Over time, the term “Indian”…

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