Vasco Nunez de Balboa Fact Sheet: Who was Vasco Núñez de Balboa? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Vasco Núñez de Balboa.
Vasco Nunez de Balboa Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1475 - 1519 *** Full Name: Vasco Núñez de Balboa *** Occupation: Spanish Explorer, Governor and Conquistador *** Date of Birth: Vasco Núñez de Balboa was born in approximately 1475 *** Place of Birth: Vasco Núñez de Balboa was born in Jerez de los Caballeros in Badajoz, Spain *** Family background: His father was Nuño Arias de Balboa, and his mother was Lady de Badajoz *** Early life and childhood: He grew up Very little is known about his family, what is known is that of four sons, Vasco was the third son *** Education: Vasco would have begun his studies within his home, learning basic manners, he would have been taught to read and write as well as how to handle weapons and the art of warfare. Vasco’s was apparently privileged to have been sent to serve Don Pedro de Portocarrero, lord of Moguer at the time, to become his page and later to serve as his squire ***
Vasco Nunez de Balboa Fact 1: Vasco Núñez de Balboa was born in approximately 1475 and during the 15th century period in history when which is described as the late middle ages to early Renaissance and early modern period.
Vasco Nunez de Balboa Fact 8: After a victorious battle with the natives, the Spanish contingent settled in Santa Maria la Antigua del Darien the first permanent mainland settlement on American soil.
Vasco Nunez de Balboa Fact 9: Vasco Núñez de Balboa would become most well known for founding the settlement of Santa Maria La Antigua del Darien which is in present day Panama.
Vasco Nunez de Balboa Fact 10: As a conquistador Balboa would succeed Nicuesa after his disappearance at sea to the governorship of Veragua. Vasco would continue befriending some tribes whilst defeating others.
Vasco Nunez de Balboa Fact 11: During his travels he was able to explore swamps, rivers and mountains, always on the look-out for any gold riches to be had. During an expedition to the mountain peak of Darien, Panama, Vasco Núñez de Balboa was the first European to set sight on the Pacific Ocean.
Vasco Nunez de Balboa Fact 16: The marriage was conducted by proxy and Vasco would never actually meet his bride.
Vasco Nunez de Balboa Fact 17: Life for Balboa would not go as planned, and upon his return for sturdier ships, at the urging of Pedrarias to meet, Balboa traveled to meet with him and along the way he would encounter Francisco Pizzaro and in the name of the governor, would have Balboa arrested.
Vasco Nunez de Balboa Fact 18: Balboa insisted he be transported to Spain to stand trial, having denied all charges, but Pedrarias refused.
Vasco Nunez de Balboa Fact 19: The trial took place and Vasco Núñez de Balboa was found guilty.
Vasco Nunez de Balboa Fact 20: Vasco Núñez de Balboa was executed in January 1519, together with four others, by beheading with an axe and their heads put out for public display. His final resting place is not known.
Influence and Legacy: His legacy is a lasting one as the discoverer of the great Pacific Ocean.
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