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Old 02-20-2014, 06:29 PM
 
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Sometimes people use the term New World to refer to just the Americas, the western hemisphere, because it was this region of the world that was new from Europeans' point of view. Is Australia usually included as New World in most of the discussion too, if New World means newly settled society in this sense?

Or would you say a majority of the time it only refers to the Western hemisphere or the Americas?

If you wanted to, you could even include a number of small islands, like Hawaii etc. as New World if they were settled mostly by colonizers and immigrants and societies which later developed compared to earlier Old World civilizations.
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Australia is most definitely ''new world''.
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Old 02-20-2014, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Yeah in that sense, but in some senses New World is more strictly the Americas, like when referring to New World and Old World Monkeys.
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Old 02-21-2014, 05:31 AM
 
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I think that New World usually refers to the Americas although it does make sense to include Australia.
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:47 AM
 
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New World is technically North America.
Although for convents sake, Australia could be considered a New World country due to the cultural and historical similarities to America and Canada. Brothers from the same mother.
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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New World is technically North America.
Although for convents sake, Australia could be considered a New World country due to the cultural and historical similarities to America and Canada. Brothers from the same mother.
No it's technically the Americas, North, Central, South and the Caribbean.
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Old 02-21-2014, 04:14 PM
 
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It depends entirely on context, like most things do.

"When Columbus discovered the New World": obviously not.

"When comparing new world societies to their old world counterparts in Europe": yes.
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Old 02-21-2014, 04:30 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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New world = Americas
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Old 02-21-2014, 05:22 PM
 
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The irony is that from an Australian perspective the "New World" of North America looks decidedly old or middle aged from a number of perspectives.
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:02 PM
 
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No, Australia is the New New World.
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