Memorial to Vasco Núñez de
Balboa (Avenida Balboa Panama)
(c. 1475, born in Jerez de los Caballeros or in Badajoz,
Extremadura, Castile, Spain –January 21, 1519, in Acla, near Darién,
Panama) was a Spanish conquistador who founded the colony of Darién in
Panama, the oldest still-existing European settlement in the mainland of
the Americas. He was the first European to see the Pacific Ocean, which
he named Mar del Sur, or South Sea.