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Vasco Nez de BALBOA

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First European to see the Pacific Ocean from its eastern shore

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Birth: He was born in 1475 at Jerez de los Caballeros, Spain.

1501- he explored the New World with Rodrigo de Bastidas because they thought that pearls could be found on the northern coast of Venezuela.They were able to trade their goods for a large quantity of pearls and gold. They sailed west but their ship began to leak so they had to abandon their ship on the island of Hispaniola, and they had their goods taken by the governor of the island and they din't have anything left.Since Balboa didn't have any money he had to work as a famer but he wasn't good at it.
 
1510- he stowed away on a relief supply ship sailing to San Sabastian on the Isthmus of Panama.He took his dog with him. He then started living on the region of Coiba.He married a chiefs daughter
 

1514- Balboa’s enemies in Spain, who were jealous of his successes, accused Balboa of treason. They turned the king against him. He was arrested, convicted of treason, and beheaded in January 1519.

 

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Balboa's tombstone is located in Havana, Cuba.

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