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Darién (region, Panama)

Darién (dâr´ēĕn´, Span. däryān´), eastern part of Panama between the Gulf of Darién on the east and the Gulf of San Miguel on the west. Darién province, heavily forested and sparsely populated, is in the western part of the region. Formerly the name was frequently used to mean the entire isthmus of Panama. In 1513, Vasco Núñez de Balboa led an expedition across Darién and became the first European to view the Pacific Ocean from the New World. Keats referred to this exploit in his poem "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer" but confused Balboa with Hernán Cortés.

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Darien

Darien a sparsely populated province of eastern Panama, but originally designating the whole of the Isthmus of Panama; famously mentioned by Keats in his reference to ‘stout Cortes…Silent upon a peak in Darien’ (although it was Balboa and not Cortés who was the first to see the Pacific here).

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Darien (town, United States)

Darien (dâr´ēĕn´), residential town (1990 pop. 18,130), Fairfield co., SW Conn., on Long Island Sound; settled c.1641, inc. 1820. An affluent suburb on Connecticut's "Gold Coast," it has private waterfront clubs as well as both 18th-century and new houses.

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