Vasco Nunez de Balboa Discovers the Pacific
Balboa was Spanish explorer who had lived many years in the New World. He explored the coast of Panama where he heard word that there was a great Sea on the other side. He led led an expedition into the Moutains of Panama to explore and find the Ocean.
On September 25th, 1513, Vasco Nunez de Balboa crossed the Isthmus of Panama and discovered the Pacific Ocean. Balboa was accompanied by 190 Spaniards and several hundred slaves. His discovery spurred those looking for a passage to the Pacific. Balboa spent a number of months exploring the West Coast of Central America.