Vasco Núñez de Balboa

(1475—1519) Spanish explorer

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Spanish explorer. In 1511 Balboa joined an expedition to Darien (in Panama) as a stowaway, but rose to command it after a mutiny. In 1513 he reached the western coast of the isthmus of Darien (Panama), thereby becoming the first European to see the Pacific Ocean.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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