Balboa: Father of the Pacific • In 1475 Vasco Nunez De Balboa is born. • In 1510, Balboa arrives in present-day Panama • In 1511, Balboa establishes the first European colony in the New World.
Balboa In Panama • In 1513, Balboa claims Panama for Spain • Later in 1513, Balboa climbs a peak and sees the Pacific Ocean in front of him • Later that day, he claimed the Pacific for Spain
Hard Times • Balboa began his career as an explorer when he sailed from Spain to Columbia in 1500, hoping to find pearls and gold. • He then had to abandon his leaky ship, on an island called Hispaniola. • Because he owed so much money, Balboa tried to farm, and ended up failing. • Then had to stow away on a ship to San Sebastian, then later to find out that it had been burned.
Discovery and Death • Balboa then went on a voyage with many men, to the Isthmus of Panama. Once he had climbed a mountain, he over looked the peak and had discovered the Eastern part o the Pacific Ocean, in 1513. • A few years later, Balboa had been charged with treason (but had actually been framed by a friend) and was publicly beheaded in 1519, in Acla.
Balboa’s Death • Balboa was executed in 1518 by Governor Davila because he was falsely accused of treason.