Vasco Núñez de Balboa: Explorer to the Pacific Ocean
Who was the first European to see the eastern shore of the Pacific Ocean? Vasco Nunez de Balboa was. This Spanish explorer sailed from Spain to the island of Hispaniola where he started a farm. Escaping from people to whom he owed money, Balboa stowed away on a ship sailing to South America. Balboa became a great explorer and conqueror, crossing the Isthmus of Panama and finally finding the Pacific Ocean.
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