Vasco Nunez de Balboa

Vasco Nunez de Balboa

Birth
Badajoz, Provincia de Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain
Death c.15 Jan 1519 (aged 43–44)
Panama
Burial Body lost or destroyed
Memorial ID 8681601 · View Source
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Spanish Explorer. In 1511 he joined an expedition to Darién in what is today Panama as a stowaway. Taking advantage of an insurrection, he took command, founded a colony at Darién, and extended Spanish influence into neighboring areas. On one of these expeditions he climbed a peak and sighted the Pacific Ocean (1513), the first European to do so, and took possession for Spain. The governorship was granted in 1514 to Pedro Arias de Ávila, for whom Balboa undertook many successful expeditions, but after a disagreement in 1519 Balboa was tried for treason against the Spanish crown and was beheaded. There were no records stating what happened to his remains after the execution.

Bio by: Erik Lander


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Erik Lander
  • Added: 25 Apr 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8681601
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Vasco Nunez de Balboa (c.1475–c.15 Jan 1519), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8681601, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Body lost or destroyed.