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CaptionVasco Núñez de Balboa [c. 1475 – around January 12–21 1519] was a Spanish explorer governor and conquistador. He is best known for having crossed the Isthmus of Panama to the Pacific Ocean in 1513 becoming the first European to lead an expedition to have seen or reached the Pacific from the New World. --- --- --- After the epic moment of "discovery" the expedition descended from the mountain range towards the sea arriving in the lands of cacique Chiapes who was defeated after a brief battle and invited to join the expedition. From Chiapes' land three groups departed in the search for routes to the coast. The group headed by Alonso Martín reached the shoreline two days later. They took a canoe for a short reconnaissance trip thus becoming the first Europeans to navigate the Pacific Ocean. Back in Chiapes' domain Martín informed Balboa who with 26 men marched towards the coast. Once there Balboa raised his hands his sword in one and a standard with the image of the Virgin Mary in the other walked knee-deep into the ocean and claimed possession of the new sea and all adjoining lands in the name of the Spanish sovereigns.--- --- --- After traveling more than 110 km 68 mi Balboa named the bay where they ended up San Miguel because they arrived on September 29 the feast day of the archangel Michael. He named the new sea Mar del Sur since they had traveled south to reach it. --- --- --- Balboa's main purpose in the expedition was the search for the gold-rich kingdoms promised by Panquiaco. To this end he crossed through the lands of caciques Coquera and Tumaco defeating them easily and taking their riches of gold and pearls. --- --- --- Although Balboa suffered a premature death of beheading by his father-in-law; his actions and deeds are remembered by history as the first European to cross America. The Panamanian dollar is called the Balboa and his place in history is an honored one.
Headline500 YEARS in 2013: The first European to cross America to the Pacific Ocean. Also in Panama 1510 established 1st permanent European settlement on the mainland of the Americas
KeywordsVasco_Nunez_de_Balboa
Copyright Noticeen.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Vasco_Nuez_ de_Balboa
URLhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasco_N%C3%BA%C3%B1ez_de_Balboa

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