. Harper's school geography . rs, and railways ?—7. What is said ofcertain railways ?—8. Of the silver-mines ? LXXIII. CENTRAL AMERICA. 1. Central America, as a natural division, is a longisthmus. It includes the smaller isthmuses of Panama inSouth America and Tehuantepec in Mexico. It is chiefly important because it contains the principal routes con-necting the commerce of the two great oceans. 2. As a political division it is of less extent. It includesfive independent republics, which are really military des-potisms : viz., Guatemala, Honduras, Salvador, Nicaragua,and Costa Rica, together w
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