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S: Vasco Nunez de Balboa by Kevin Le

FC: Vasco Nunez de Balboa

2: In 1475, a Spanish man named, Vasco Nunez de Balboa was born, in Jerez de los Cabalerros Badajoz, Spain.

3: He was a Spanish Explorer, governor, and conquistador. He was descendant of the lord of the castle in Balboa, Spain.

4: His mother, Lady de Badajoz. Father, Nuno Arias de Balboa.Vasco is third of four boys in the family. Any sisters in the family is unknown.

5: When Vasco was a young boy, he severed as a page and squire for Don Pedro de Portocarrero. Lord of Moguer. | He was also attracted to stories and wealth. Which lead him to exploring.

6: When Vasco heard about Columbus finding the New World, he went there on his first Voyage. Along with Juan de la Cosa. On the Rodrigo de Bastidas' Expedition. Bastidas' had license to bring back treasure to the king and queen, and keeping four-fifths for himself.

7: The expedition continued to explore north-east South America, until they realized they didn't have enough people. Then headed to Hispaniola.

8: With his earnings, Vasco decided to settle in Hispaniola in 1505. Planting and raising pigs, but, was not successful.

9: Soon, he had to leave the island.

10: In 1508, king Ferdinand II, of Spain, launched a conquest of Tierra Firme (the roughly area corresponding to the Isthmus of Panama). He created two new territories in the region between El Cabo de la Vela and El Cabo de Gracias a Dios. The Gulf of Uraba became the border of the two territories: Nueva Andalucia to the east and Veragua to the west.

12: In 1509, Balboa, wishing to escape Santo Domingo from his creditors, he set sail as a stowaway in a barrel, with his dog, in the expedition by the Alcalde Mayor of Nueva Andalucia.

13: Before the expedition arrived at San Sebastian de Uraba, Fernandez de Enciso, found Balboa, and threatened to drop him off at the next uninhabited island they encounter, but then he saw the better in this and asked Balboa what he knows of this region, in which he explored eight years before. In addition to the crew's pleas in his life, Fernandez had no choice but to spare Balboa's life, and keep him on board. They both agreed to removing de Nicuesa as governor of Veragua. The crew loved Balboa, for his charisma and knowledge of the region, but loathed Fernandez.

14: De Nicuesa was found wounded near the town of Nombre de Dios. After his rescue, he heard about Balboa's exploits. He said Balboa will be punished once he takes over the city. When Nicuesa arrived at the city port, there was a mob. This prevented him from disembarking the city. He announced that he wanted to be a simple soldier instead of governor. they still didn't let him disembark. He and seventeen others were to board an unseaworthy boat with little supplies. The ship left on March 1, 1511, because of this, Balboa became governor of Veragua.

16: On September 1, 1513, Balboa set sail across the Isthmus Panama, to the South Sea (a.k.a the Pacific Ocean). With 190 Spaniards and a pack of dogs. On September 25, Balboa reached the summit, and saw the undiscovered sea in the horizon.

18: A few years later, Bishop de Quevedo and Isabel de Bobadilla arranged a marriage for Balboa to Maria de Penalosa, a man named Pedrarias' daughter. In 1519, Balboa made an expedition to Alca, and other places with 300 men and Native and African slaves.

20: On January, 1519, Balboa was beheaded in the Public Square of Alca, Panama. This explorer is remembered today by the deeds and actions he has done. Now, even though Balboa had a harsh death in this country, Panama bares the name of Balboa. A city, streets neighborhoods et cetera, named after Balboa. Even a crater on the moon is named after him. There's a Balboa monument in Panama.

22: The description above says, "Far sea discoverer. Born in Jerez de Extremadura and was killed in Alca in 1519.

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