Journey of Vasco Nunez De Balboa

Vasco Nunez is an explorer from Spain.

Vasco Nunez De Balboa´s life

Vasco Nunez was born in Spain around 1475. His parents were not wealthy so he worked in the house of a Nobleman. There were ships that carried explorers near by from the house. The ships carried explorers who shared stories with Balboa about their journeys, this gave him his love for the sea and reason for wanting to explore. His first voyage was in 1510 when he reached San Sebastian. He snuck onto the ship and was discovered hiding in a barrel and was threatened to be thrown off the ship. However, he convinced the captain that his knowledge of the area could be useful to them. He also visited Columbia. Hispaniola, San Sebastian, The Pacific Ocean, and Mar del Sur which means South Sea in English. Vasco Nunez´s second voyage was on September 1, 1513. He led an expedition with 200 Spaniards, a few Native American guys, and a pack of dogs across the Isthmus of Panama. There was another famous explorer included named Francisco Pizarro. The Sponsor was the French King. Vasco Nunez De Balboa was very interesting!


Important Facts

Vasco Núńez De Balboa had a few different accomplishments. One is that he became governor of Santa Maria. As governor, he had complete power. Another accomplishment is that he found pearls and riches that he took from the native americans that him and his army defeated. His death was very harsh, him and four if his friends were accused of treason. They were sentenced to death. Before he was beheaded, he yelled. "Lies, Lies! Never have such crimes held a place in my heart. I have always loyally served the King, with no thought in my mind but to increase my dominions." After they all were beheaded, their heads were put on public display for several days. Vasco Nunez De Balboa had a very Adventurous and crazy life!