Subcontinent – Glossary Definition

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Want the definition of subcontinent? Learn the meaning of subcontinent, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

Wondering about the definition of subcontinent? Keep reading to learn the meaning of subcontinent, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

India subcontinent definition
India and the surrounding area is the most common example of a subcontinent, often being referred to as “the subcontinent.” Taken by Chuttersnap via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

What is a Subcontinent?

A subcontinent is a geographical land mass that is large enough and distinct enough to be separately distinguished from its larger body, the continent itself.

The Indian Subcontinent is a perfect example, since it is quite large and distinct, in that it takes up most of southern Asia. Though India is the primary country on this subcontinent (hence the name), the Indian Subcontinent also includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

More on Subcontinents

The Indian Subcontinent is the most common example of a subcontinent, often being referred to as “The Subcontinent.” Other examples of subcontinents include the Arabian Peninsula, the Alaskan peninsula in North America, and the Southern Cone of South America.

However, in some educational systems, all of North America and South America are considered to be one continent. When this is the case, then separately, North America and South America are each subcontinents of the continent known as America.

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