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12. Columbus—three more voyages to Americas
Still believed he had reached Asia
Error not realized until about 1502
Explorer Amerigo Vespucci sailed coast of South America, concluded it was not Asia
Mapmakers later named land America in his honor
Knowing they had found new land, Spanish set out to explore it
1513, Núñez de Balboa led expedition across Isthmus of Panama
After more than three weeks of travel, Balboa became first European to see Pacific Ocean