||Vasco Nunez de Balboa has Latin American ancestry.|
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Achievement: Being the first recorded European to see the Pacific Ocean from the American continent.
In 1500, Balboa signed on to an expedition led by Rodrigo de Bastidas. Bastidas's Expedition was to explore modern day Venezuela. King Fernando II gave Bastidas two ships and the expedition set sail in 1501. The ships reached the New World soon after and sailed up and down the coast of Central America. Bastidas and his crew did not find gold but they did find that their ships were infested with ship worms (parasites that would eat through the wood of ships). Both ships sank in 1502, forcing the crew to abandon the ships and swim to the beaches of Haiti where they were accused of smuggling and stripped of all their goods.
In 1513, Vasco Nunez de Balboa is the first recorded European to see the Pacific Ocean.
In 1516, Balboa married a daughter of Pedro Arias Davila
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