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Vasco Nunez de Balboa
Transcript of Vasco Nunez de Balboa
*He had a relatively wealthy family, unlike other conquistadors
*His father and mother were of noble blood.
*He had three other brothers.
*Balboa wanted to be a famous explorer or to be an Olympic fencing champion when he was young.
*Balboa entered the military, spending time as a page and squire at the local court. TRAINING *As a page, he learned the art of war, and how to master weapons of war. He learned military training, including horseback riding, hunting and fighting with the sword
* Balboa joined the expedition of Rodrigo de Bastidas in 1500.
*He was influenced by Christopher Columbus's voyages page: n.- a youth being trained for knighthood squire: n.- a person of rank Voyages: Part 1 In 1510, Balboa became a governor of a province. With his power, he led expeditions into Panama, a country close by. He conquered and held captive natives of the land, but allowed friendlier ones to open casinos. In 1511 Balboa heard about a land of gold called Tubanama that was located across mountains near a great sea. Hoping to discover the land and claim it for Spain, he decided to try to find the golden land. This is a picture of the route Balboa took to reach the Pacific Ocean. Are we there yet? Voyages: Part 2 The Panama Canal, the easiest way to get to the "great sea", was temporarily closed so Balboa and his men took the difficult land route. After a three week journey, in which many hardships were faced, Balboa found the great sea: the Pacific Ocean. However, he never was able to find the golden city.
Shortly after his discovery of the Pacific Ocean, a rival of Balboa accused him of betrayal to Spain, and, in January 1518, he was beheaded publicly. Did you know? Balboa's kids sold his armor on Ebay after his death. Accomplishments The main accomplishment in Balboa's life was that he crossed the Isthmus of Panama to the Pacific Ocean in 1513, becoming the first European to have seen the Pacific. He also established the first permanent European settlement. Balboa Pacific Ocean BALBOA For discovering the Pacific Ocean Did you know? Before he discovered the Pacific, Balboa was an unsuccessful pig farmer. At the time, the pig was a sacred animal and no one dared to eat it, so Balboa rarely had a customer. Bibliography BIBLIOGRAPHY "All About Explorers: Vasco Nunez de Balboa." www.allaboutexplorers.com. Web. 2006-2012. <http://allaboutexplorers.com/explorers/balboa/>
"Biography of Vasco Nunez de Balboa." http://latinamericanhistory.about.com. 2012. Web. <http://latinamericanhistory.about.com/od/historyofcentralamerica/a/09VNBalboa.htm>
"Vasco Nunez de Balboa." Web. <http://www.czbrats.com/MiNombre/vnbalboa.htm>
"Vasco Nunez de Balboa Biography." www.biography.com. Web. 2012. <http://www.biography.com/people/vasco-n%C3%BA%C3%B1ez-de-balboa-9196350/> What impacted us about Balboa is that he was willing to take the land route, which was very difficult, to find the land of gold for Spain. Many people would not have done this just for their country. Balboa's discovery of the Pacific ocean is not well-known, but equally important as Columbus' discovery of America. Balboa has his face on many types of money. THE END Pig, anyone?