SAT Subject US History Practice Question 133: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 133

24. The Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa, the first European to cross the isthmus of Panama, saw a body of water he thought was the South Sea. It was actually the

A. Atlantic Ocean
B. Pacific Ocean
C. Gulf of Mexico
D. Indian Ocean
E. Caribbean Sea

Correct Answer: B


The Pacific Ocean is what lies on the western side of the isthmus of Panama.

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