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Vasco Núñez de Balboa

(1475—1519) Spanish explorer

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South Seas

Overview page. Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) — Maritime History.

The old term for the Pacific Ocean. It was given this name by Vasco Nuñez de Balboa in 1513 when, after sighting the ocean from the top of a mountain range, he reached the coast near Panama...

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