Who Discovered the Pacific Ocean?


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The Pacific Ocean was discovered by Vasco Nunez de Balboa in 1513. He was standing on a mountaintop in Panama when he saw the ocean. Balboa walked into the ocean and claimed it in the name of Spain.

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Who Discovered the Pacific Ocean?
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Vasco Nunez de Balboa was born in Spain in 1475 and had a passion to be a famous explorer. His first expedition was in 1501 to South America, and he ended up in Hispaniola where he became a pig farmer. In 1511, Balboa was told of a land near the sea where large amounts of gold could be found. Balboa set off in 1513, and after 3 weeks of traveling, he found the Pacific Ocean.

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