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Tuesday, February 19 2019 @ 04:55 PM UTC

Most Citizens Do Not Consider Balboa To Be A National Hero

History & ReferenceVasco Núñez de Balboa, the Spanish explorer, governor and conqueror is recognized by Panamanians as the discoverer of the South Sea, nowadays known as the Pacific Ocean, but not as a national hero.

This is one of the results of the CID Gallup survey for “The People Talks,” which in this occasion decided to test the knowledge of Panamanians on the discoverer of the South Sea, discovered 500 years ago.

The survey company asked each of the interviewed if they knew who discovered the South Sea. 34.6% said no and 65.4% said yes. Out of the latter, 87.1% said Vasco Núñez de Balboa discovered it, 10.6% said Christopher Columbus. 2.3% had a different answer.

Most of the interviewed with a higher education (90.4%), residents of the interior of the country (90.2%), men (89.9%) and people older than 40 years old (89%) said Balboa was the discoverer.


The survey company asked the interview if they thought Balboa was trully a Panamanian national hero and more than half of them said no.

To 36% of the interviewed, the Spanish who founded Santa María la Antigua del Darién is a national hero.

Those who usually glorify Balboa’s actions are mostly young adults (45.2%), women (43.6%), have high school studies (38.1%) and live in the interior (37.3%).

On the other hand, 56% of the interviewed do not see Vasco Núñez de Balboa as a national hero.

Most men (64.8 %), people who had college degrees (59.6 %), people older than 40 years old (57.7%) and residents in the city (57.1%) are those who do not consider the so called “discoverer of the South Sea” as a national hero. (Siglo)

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