Land explored by Balboa?
Balboa explored South America and Central America, and crossed the Isthmus of Panama. (An isthmus is a narrow piece of land connecting two larger bodies of land.) On the other side, he "discovered" the Pacific Ocean for Europeans. He and his soldiers were the first Europeans to see the Pacific Ocean from the Americas.
Who explored the land that connects the Americas and became the first Spanish explorer to reach the Pacific Ocean?
Balboa discovered and named Florida in 1513, although other travellers may have landed there in earlier years. Balboa was looking for islands in the western Caribbean Sea that were rumored to have gold and precious jewels. He did not find them, but explored the coast of the eastern Gulf of Mexico (now part of the state of Florida).