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The 1713 Treaty of Utrecht permanently ceded Gibraltar’s town, castle and port to Great Britain, but recovering the Rock—which is separated from Spanish territory by a narrow, sandy isthmus—has remained to this day an enduring objective for Spain.
The state of Chiapas, located along the narrow isthmus in North America’s topographic waistline, acts like a funnel through which nearly all migrants must pass.
Today, while there is evidence of some animals still slowly advancing South for the first time, the isthmus is a singular location to see and study annual migrations of millions of birds, mammals and reptiles.
Before the opening of the locks, the isthmus handled a weekly average volume of 53,000 containers, according to marine data provider PR News Service, which is closely followed by the industry.
Private scuba diving along the isthmus is said to be incredible, as hundreds of shipwrecks lie scattered around its treacherous shores.
The island’s isthmus—the horizontal stroke of that lowercase r—seems to be submerged.
My lodging, Casa Hotel Istiam, was on the wide isthmus between volcanoes.
But the earthquake seemed to have concentrated its furies in Juchitan and surrounding towns in the isthmus region in Oaxaca, where Mexico’s waist narrows.
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: a narrow area of land that connects two larger land areas
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