New World

collective term for the Americas and Oceania

The New World is a name used for the Western Hemisphere. It specifically refers to the Americas. It can also refer to certain Atlantic and Pacific islands (like Bermuda) and sometimes Oceania, (Australasia). The name started in the early 16th century, shortly after America was colonized. The people of the European Middle Ages thought the world was only Europe, Asia, and Africa. These continents are called the Old World. The Americas were also referred to as the "fourth part of the world".

"New World" showing the Americas and Oceania. The "Old World" is Europe, Asia, and Africa.

The continent (North and South America) was named America after Amerigo Vespucci.

Oceania, which was colonized some centuries later, is referred to as "The Newest World".[source?]

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