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Why was the Pacific Ocean called the Pacific Ocean?

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The name is derived from the Latin name Tepre Pacificum, 'peaceful sea', bestowed upon it by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

Pacific means peaceful. Ferdinand Magellan named the Pacific Ocean 'pacific', after passing through the Straits of Magellan and around Cape Horn, because it seemed so calm and peaceful in comparison to the stormy waters he had just sailed through.
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Where is the Pacific Ocean?

It is between New Zealand and South-America. It is left of North and South America, right of Asia and Australia.   west of North/South America, east of Asia, north of the

Why do they call it the Pacific Ocean?

Pacific, Passive... calm. The ocean seemed to be calm during the times of the explorers, particularly when compared to other waters in which they had sailed.

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