Boatsie wrote:Not knowing I always believed that our fore fathers named the Pacific because they had a best sense of humour seeing it's our largest ocean.
Pacific Ocean derives from Mar Pacifico, the name given in Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish.
The ocean's current name was coined by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan during the Spanish circumnavigation of the world 1480 - 1521, as he encountered favourable winds on reaching the ocean from the Straits of Magellan. He called it Mar Pacífico, which in both Portuguese and Spanish means "peaceful sea". Note Spanish circumnavigation, not Magellan who didn't get round and was killed 27 April 1521, Mactan, Philippines.
After navigating for 3 months through what are now known as the Straits of Magellan, his small fleet entered the ocean in Nov. 1520. He called this body of water pacific, due to the calmness of the water at the time.
He was there on a good day as this can be some of the roughest areas in the world.