Vasco Núñez de Balboa

Vasco Núñez de Balboa
Retrato de Vasco Nuñez de Balboa (1475-1517) - Anónimo.jpg
Bornc. 1475
DiedJanuary 1519 (aged c. 43–44)
Cause of death Execution by Decapitation
OccupationMaritime explorer for the Crown of Castile
Spouse(s)María de Peñalosa

Vasco Núñez de Balboa (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbasko ˈnuɲeθ ðe βalˈβo.a]; c. 1475 – around January 12–21, 1519)[1] was a Spanish explorer, governor, and conquistador. He is best known for having crossed the Isthmus of Panama to the Pacific Ocean in 1513, becoming the first European to lead an expedition to have seen or reached the Pacific from the New World.

He traveled to the New World in 1500 and, after some exploration, settled on the island of Hispaniola. He founded the settlement of Santa María la Antigua del Darién in present-day Panama in 1510, which was the first permanent European settlement on the mainland of the Americas (a settlement by Alonso de Ojeda the previous year at San Sebastián de Urabá had already been abandoned).

Early life

Balboa was born in Jerez de los Caballeros, Spain. He was a descendant of the Lord mason of the castle of Balboa, on the borders of León and Galicia. His mother was the Lady de Badajoz, and his father was the hidalgo (nobleman), Nuño Arias de Balboa. Little is known of Vasco's early childhood except that he was the third of four boys in his family. During his adolescence, he served as a page and squire to Don Pedro de Portocarrero, lord of Moguer.

Other Languages
azərbaycanca: Vasko Nunyes de Balboa
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Васка Нуньнес дэ Бальбоа
Simple English: Vasco Núñez de Balboa
Tiếng Việt: Vasco Núñez de Balboa