Historically Darien, Panama, has vindicated Pirate Partan's estimate of it in Warburton's seventeenth century Darien: "Ye little ken, leddie, what it is tae crass the says, and what a sair land is ayont 'em. It is wha' auld Tam hae called a painted sapulker, fair 'ithout but 'ithin o' corruption. What wi' favers and bucanners and serpints and Spaniards and ither reptiles, 'ts nae place fer Christian mon, muckle mair wee leddiesl"
It contains the completely obliterated Ada, the 1515-80 Atlantic terminus of Balboa's and other overland routes to the Pacific. There Balboa was beheaded and, shortly before the Scots settled Caledonia, the neighboring islands were a rendezvous for French-English privateers, long the terrors of Spanish Atlantic-Pacific commerce; and much later, in the 1850's and 1870's, came French, English, and American surveyor-explorers of rival isthmian canal project-routes (see the author's "Strain's Panaman Expedition" in the in the August, 1935, Naval Institute PROCEEDINGS.