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Vasco Nunez de Balboa was born in 1475 in Spain. His family was not wealthy and he was devoted to discover fortune in the New World.
One day, I will become known for a great accomplishment!
Around 1500, he joined a Spanish expedition that explored the coast of present day Colombia. In debt ,and fled to the colony of San Sebastain in 1510
After he arrived, he came in contact with peaceful Indians. They decided to make him the temporary Governor of Darien.
In 1513, Balboa led an expedition of Spaniards and Indians southward across the Isthmus of Panama.
While on his expedition over the widespread ocean, he climbed a mountain and came across the Pacific Ocean, which the Spaniards called the Mar del Sur.
In 1519, Pedrarias, the official governor of Darien was furious that the people altered his position and made Balboa governor. Because of this, Pedrarias convinced King Ferdinand to have Balboa arrested and beheaded.
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