The term Cristobal Columbus coined to describe the inhabitants of the so called New World; the term stuck, and continues into modern times to describe a "Native American," (Also known as "Red Indians," a term predominantly coined by Indians (People from India), in order to specify the difference. The word "Indian," when describing Native Americans also has many derogatory and/or slang names, but call an "Indian" what you will, they are the people that Senior Columbus found when he stumbled upon a part of the earth that "Westerners" didn't know about...that is of course until it was actually recorded in "history."
Cristopher Columus' lack of worldy knowledge caused a miskew of the term "Indian" to describe people of a certain geographical locale.
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