Balboa’s Epic Voyage & More!

September 23rd, 2010 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi!  It’s Thursday, September 23, 2010 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
ThinkQuest: Epic Voyages – Balboa

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12)

Vasco Nunez de Balboa, a Spanish explorer, is credited with discovering the Pacific Ocean on September 25, 1513. Perhaps “discovery” isn’t quite the right term. He was the first European to sight the Pacific Ocean from a mountaintop in what is now Panama and claimed it for Spain.

At this website, sponsored by Oracle, you can access free information about Balboa’s life, expeditions, voyages, and discoveries as well as those of other explorers including:

  • Roald Amundsen – Led the first expedition to the South Pole.
  • Christopher Columbus – Credited with the discovery of North America.
  • Francis Drake – First to circumnavigate the globe.
  • Ferdinand Magellan – His voyage provided proof that the Earth was round.
  • Marco Polo – Famous for journey along the “Silk Road” to China.

You’ll also find information on John Cabot, James Cook, Bartholomeu Diaz, David Livingstone, Robert Peary, Henry Stanley, and Amerigo Vespucci.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief biography of Balboa. Look for the menu at the top of the page to access:

*Home – The introduction page to this site has links to some fascinating information about the explorers and their expeditions.

*Voyages – Learn about the voyages of many explorers through an interactive map.

*Explorers – Read the biographies of the explorers featured on the site.

*Timeline – Explore a chronological listing of the explorers’ voyages.

This site provides a great introduction and overview of the explorers who risked it all to discover unknown lands that forever changed the view of the world. It’s a great springboard to further historical research and investigation.


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