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New World

The New World is one of the names used for the continents of North and South America and adjacent islands collectively, in use since the 16th century. The continents were new to the Europeans, who knew the world consisting only of Europe, Asia, and Africa (the Old World).

The New World should be distinguished from the Modern World.

Nowadays, the term is generally used:

Notice that while the Americas are always described as "New World," Australasia can be correctly described as either "Old World" or "New World", depending on the sphere of discourse.

See also