SAT Subject US History Practice Question 1: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 1

1. The term "American Indians" is a misnomer because the people it designates

A. are not native to the Americas
B. originally came from Asia
C. did not inhabit the East Indies
D. did not speak any European languages
E. first settled the Americas during the 1400s

Correct Answer: C


Choice C is correct because the name "American Indians" is due to Christopher Columbus's error in believing that he had reached the East Indies. He called the people of the Caribbean "Indians," and the name has stuck to Native Americans ever since.