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Vasco Nunez de Balboa: Explorer to the Pacific Ocean by Arlene Bourgeois Molzahn

Who was the first European to see the eastern shore of the Pacific Ocean? Vasco Nunez de Balboa was. This Spanish explorer sailed from Spain to the island of Hispaniola where he started a farm. Escaping people to whom he owed money, Balboa stowed away on a ship sailing to South America. Balboa became a great explorer and conqueror crossing the Isthmus of Panama and finally finding the Pacific Ocean.
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VASCO NUNEZ DE BALBOA (Ano 1475) Pasajes de la historia (La rosa de los vientos)

Vasco Nunez de Balboa

Vasco Nunez De Balboa was a Spanish explorer and conquistador most famous for founding Santa Maria la Antigua del Darien , the first permanent European settlement in mainland of the Americas; and for his discovery of the Pacific. He also served as governor of Darien for a period and was given the title of Adelantado of the South Seas. Know about the life, family, voyages, exploration, discoveries, accomplishments and death of Vasco Nunez De Balboa through these 10 interesting facts. Jerez de los Caballeros is incidentally also the birthplace of Hernando de Soto , another famous Spanish explorer and conquistador. Vasco was the third of four boys in his family. Balboa served initially as a page and then probably as a fencing master. As the news of the voyages of Columbus spread through Spain, like many of lower nobility who were struggling to prosper in Spain, Balboa also decided to seek his fortune in the New World.

Vasco Nunez de Balboa

In he sailed with Rodrigo de Bastidas on a voyage of exploration along the coast of present-day Colombia. The expedition found the survivors of the colony, led by Francisco Pizarro , but Ojeda had departed. With the subsequent departure of Enciso for Hispaniola, Balboa became the undisputed head of the colony. Balboa meanwhile had organized a series of gold- and slave-hunting expeditions into the Indian chiefdoms of the area. His Indian policy combined the use of barter, every kind of force, including torture, to extract information, and the tactic of divide and conquer by forming alliances with certain tribes against others.

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  1. Born in Spain in , explorer and conquistador Vasco Nunez de Balboa helped establish the town of Darien on the Isthmus of Panama, becoming interim governor. In , he led the first European expedition to the Pacific Ocean, but news of the discovery arrived after the king had.

  2. Vasco Nunez de Balboa was a Spanish explorer, governor, and conquistador. He is best known for having crossed the Isthmus of Panama to the Pacific Ocean .

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