Isthmus of Darien


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Noun1.Isthmus of Darien - the isthmus that connects Central America and South America; was formerly called the Isthmus of Darien; "Balboa crossed the Isthmus of Darien"
Panama, Republic of Panama - a republic on the Isthmus of Panama; achieved independence from Colombia in 1903
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So that when I shall hereafter detail to you all the specialities and concentrations of potency everywhere lurking in this expansive monster; when I shall show you some of his more inconsiderable braining feats; I trust you will have renounced all ignorant incredulity, and be ready to abide by this; that though the Sperm Whale stove a passage through the Isthmus of Darien, and mixed the Atlantic with the Pacific, you would not elevate one hair of your eye-brow.
The most spectacular project that came to fruition was the Panama Canal across the isthmus of Darien in 1914 which cut the transport distance by ship between the American coasts by about eight thousand miles.