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Re: Pacific Ocean

Post by chickengold92 on Sat Oct 09, 2010 11:19 pm


The Pacific Ocean was sighted by Europeans early in the 16th century, first by the Spanish explorer Vasco Nez de Balboa who crossed the Isthmus of Panama in 1513 and named it Mar del Sur (South Sea). Its current name was given by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan during the Spanish expedition of world circumnavigation in 1521, who encountered calm seas during the journey and called it Tepre Pacificum in Latin, meaning "pacific" or "peaceful sea".

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