The Greater Antilles originated near the Isthmian region of present day Central America in the Late Cretaceous commonly referred to as the Proto-Antilles , then drifted eastward arriving in their current location when colliding with the Bahama Platform of the North American Plate ca. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Since no European country had occupied much of Central America, gradually the English of Jamaica established alliances with the Miskito Kingdom of modern-day Nicaragua and Honduras , and then began logging on the coast of modern-day Belize. They hoped that the Federation would coalesce into a single, independent nation. These interconnected commercial and diplomatic relations made up the Western Caribbean Zone which was in place in the early eighteenth century. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The term "West Indies" was eventually used by all European nations to describe their own acquired territories in the Americas
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