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A region of eastern Panama on the Gulf of Darién, a wide bay of the Caribbean Sea between eastern Panama and northwest Colombia. In 1513 Vasco Núñez de Balboa led an expedition across the Isthmus of Darién (now the Isthmus of Panama) and became the first European to reach the west coast of the Americas.
nSpanish name: Darién
1. (Placename) the E part of the Isthmus of Panama, between the Gulf of Darien on the Caribbean coast and the Gulf of San Miguel on the Pacific coast; chiefly within the republic of Panama but extending also into Colombia: site of a disastrous attempt to establish a Scottish colony in 1698
2. (Placename) Isthmus of Darien the former name of the Isthmus of Panama
Gulf of, an arm of the Caribbean between NE Panama and NW Colombia.