Are the West Indies considered part of the US?
nope.. it is a separate independent country. It fall under American sub-continent though
The largest are Cuba, Hispaniola (Haiti/Dominican Republic), Puerto Rico, and Jamaica. The Lesser Antilles contain the US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, St. Vincent, Antigua, and Barbados. Islands that may be considered part of the West Indies are the Bahamas (east of Florida) and the islands in the southern Caribbean (Aruba, Trinidad, Tobago).
No, I don't think so. They were loosely governed by the British; were largely a pirate haven for some time; much of the inhabitants came as refugees from the American war of independence as well as from Bermuda earlier on; they are in very close proximity to US and have strong influences from there; have some influences as well from the Caribbean; the more populated islands are closer to Florida whereas the unpopulated atols (many…