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Spanish Main

noun
1.
(formerly) the mainland of America adjacent to the Caribbean Sea, especially the area between the mouth of the Orinoco River and the Isthmus of Panama.
2.
the Caribbean Sea: the route of the Spanish treasure galleons and a former haunt of pirates.
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  • The condition of affairs on the Spanish Main was, however, critical and demanded instant redress.

  • Romance was not dead, and the Spanish Main was a name to conjure with.

    The Coast of Adventure Harold Bindloss
  • Mr. Stewart had in his diplomatic capacity seen many of the pirates who abounded on the Spanish Main in those days.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • Thus each of these republics of the Spanish Main has a dual character.

    South America and the War F. A. Kirkpatrick
  • I have been talking with some sailor-men from the Spanish Main, and the sea sings in mine ears, sleeping and waking.

    Sea-Dogs All! Tom Bevan
  • Carthagena, a magnificent city and the capital of the Spanish Main, was Drake's next objective.

    Drake, Nelson and Napoleon Walter Runciman
  • He sailed on the Spanish Main, and brought back with him a great deal of money which he had made in trade—or otherwise.

    Wit and Wisdom of Lord Tredegar Godfrey Charles Morgan
  • When he was told that your uncle Jasper had died of a malaria out on the Spanish Main, a smile came upon his face.

    The Golden Galleon Robert Leighton
  • Perhaps Humphrey, who read many books, told him of the great doings of our sailors on the Spanish Main and elsewhere.

    For Faith and Freedom Walter Besant
  • In every attic on the street a rakish craft flies the skull and crossbones, and roves the Spanish Main on rainy afternoons.

    Wappin' Wharf Charles S. Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for Spanish Main

Spanish Main

noun
1.
the mainland of Spanish America, esp the N coast of South America from the Isthmus of Panama to the mouth of the Orinoco River, Venezuela
2.
the Caribbean Sea, the S part of which in colonial times was the route of Spanish treasure galleons and the haunt of pirates
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