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Balboa, Vasco Nunez de

Born: 1475 AD
Died: 1519 AD
Nationality: Spanish
Categories: Explorer

1475 – Born in Jerez de los Caballeros, Castile, Spain.

European discoverer of the Pacific Ocean and a leading figure among the Spanish explorers and conquerors of America.

1500 – Traveled to the New World land after some explorations settled on the island of Hispaniola.

1501 – Crossed the Caribbean coasts from the east of Panama, along the Colombian coast, through the Gulf of Urabá toward Cabo de La Vela.

1508 – Created two new territories in the region between El Cabo de la Vela (near the eastern border of Colombia) and El Cabo de Gracias a Dios (the border between Honduras and Nicaragua).

1510 – Founded the settlement of Santa María la Antigua del Darién in present-day Panama.

1509 – Balboa set sail as a stowaway, hiding inside a barrel together with his dog Leoncico.

1513 – Led an expedition from Darién to search for a new sea reportedly to the south and for gold.

The new governor was reportedly jealous of Balboa and ordered him to be arrest on charges of treason.

1519 – Balboa was beheaded after a brief trial on 15th of January.