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The East Side Of The Pacific Was Spotted, For The First Time, By An European, This Day 504-Years Ago.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasco_Núñez_de_Balboa.

This was 4-days later. Vasco Núñez de Balboa conquering and taking possession of the Pacific!

There is a MISCONCEPTION as to this September 25th anniversary when it comes to the Pacific.

Of course, first and foremost, it all has to do with first European eyes. Native Americans and Asians and the Polynesians were very familiar with the Pacific going back thousands of years.

Even with that Spaniard, Vasco Núñez de Balboa was NOT the first European to see the Pacific — on September 25, 1513! He was the first to see the EASTERN side of the Pacific.

Two Portuguese explorers had ventured into the Western part of the Pacific in 1512. That part gets ‘lost in the translation’ because it does not involve the Americas.

Kind of funny, all round.

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by Anura Guruge