Balboa, the Pacific, and Alonso Martin

When Balboa first crossed Panama in search of the Pacific, one of the men in his group, Alonso Martin, left the group and went ahead without them.  By the time Balboa arrived at the Pacific Ocean, Alonso Martin was already in a dugout canoe upon the water, demanding that his colleagues witness that he, not Balboa, was the first European in the new ocean.

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