Explorer Timeline

  • Mar 13, 1475


  • Period: Mar 13, 1475 to Mar 13, 1519

    Explorer Timeline

    The Life of Vasco Núñez de Balboa
  • Mar 13, 1500

    First Exhibition

    Balboa sailed with Rodrigo de Bastidas from Spain to Colombia, to South America.
  • May 25, 1500

    Stuck on Hispaniola

    The ship Balboa was on sunk on the coast of Hispaniola. Becuase Balboa was in debt and didn't have the money to pay the debt off, he was stuck on Hispaniola for the law said he couldn't leave until he paid off the debt.
  • Oct 14, 1510


    Balboa and his war dog Leoncico stowed away on a boat going from Santo Domingo to San Sebastian.
  • Feb 15, 1511


  • Feb 7, 1512

    Governor Balboa

    Shortly after he founded the first European settlement in South America, Balboa became the governor of Darien, a part of what is now Panama
  • Aug 15, 1512

    A Bad Day For Balboa

    Balboa asked the king for 1,000 men to come on an exhibition to discover the Other Sea. An enemy of Balboa, Lawyer Enciso who returned to Spain, convinced King Ferdinand that Balboa sent the old governor of Darien, Nicuesa, out to sea in a leaky boat to drown. The king belived Enciso and wouldn't gives Balboa the requested troops. Instead, he planned to send a new governor to take over Balboa's job.
  • Mar 13, 1513

    Traveling to The Other Sea

    Since the king wouldn't send Balboa men, Balboa set out with 190 of his own men to find the Other Sea(now the Pacific). Balboa thought that if he found the Other Sea the King would keep him as governor of Darien.
  • Jun 13, 1513

    The Other Sea

    Balboa is the first European to see the Western part of the Pacific Ocean. He claims the ocean for Spain.
  • Mar 13, 1519


    Balboa was accused of treason against Spain although he had been loyal to Spain his whole life. He was publicly beheaded.