Vasco Nuñez de Balboa  (1475-1519)

Spanish Explorer, Conquistador and Adventurer.

Vasco Nuñez de Balboa was a Spanish Conquistador and Explorer who was the first European to see (on September 13,  1513) the eastern part of the Pacific Ocean after an arduous trip through the jungles of the Isthmus of Panama.. His discovery stimulated exploration and settlement throughout South America. Balboa, gave the ocean he discovered the name of "Mar del Sur" (South Sea), because he had traveled south, across the isthmus to find it. He claimed the Mar del Sur and all it shores and lands it touched, for Spain. Ironically, it was the Portuguese explorer, Magellan, who gave it the name of "Mar Pacifica" because, after crossing the very rough waters of the Straights of Magellan and the area of the southern tip of Tierra Firme, (South America), the sea became very calm. The discovery of the Pacific Ocean, opened the way for the exploration and conquest of Central and South America, along its coast.

1.- Vasco Nuñez de Balboa  (Spain, Expedition of Rodrigo de Bastidas and Life in Española )
2.- Vasco Nuñez de Balboa  (Santa Maria de la Antigua del Darien)
3.- Vasco Nuñez de Balboa  (Exploration of the  Río Grande de San Juan [Atrato])
4.- Vasco Nuñez de Balboa  (Exploration and Discovery of El Mar del Sur)
5.- Vasco Nuñez de Balboa  (Balboa - Pedro Arias Davila)
6.- Vasco Nuñez de Balboa  (Balboa - his Execution)

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