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Balboa, Vasco Nuñez de

     
Balboa, Vasco Nuñez de
(?1475-1519) a Spanish explorer who led the first lasting European town in South American, in Panama, in 1510. In 1513 he crossed the Isthmus of Panama and was the first European to discover the Pacific Ocean, which he then claimed, along with all the coasts it touched, for Spain.

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