Pedro de Alvarado, (born c. 1485, Badajoz, Castile [Spain]—died 1541, in or near Guadalajara, New Spain [now in Mexico]), Spanish conquistador who helped conquer Mexico and Central America for Spain in the 16th century.
Pedro de Alvarado (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpeðɾo ðe alβaˈɾaðo]; c. 1485 – 4 July 1541) was a Spanish conquistador and governor of Guatemala. He participated in the conquest of Cuba, in Juan de Grijalva 's exploration of the coasts of the Yucatán Peninsula and the Gulf of Mexico , and in the conquest of the Aztec Empire led by ...
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Fast Facts: Pedro de Alvarado. Known For: Conquest and enslavement of indigenous people of Mexico and Latin America. Born: c. 1485, Badajoz, Castile, Spain. Parents: Gómez de Alvarado, Leonor de Contreras. Died: 1541, in or near Guadalajara, New Spain (Mexico) Spouse (s): Francisca de la Cueva, Beatriz de la Cueva.
Freeing the slaves, he arrested several priests who, on interrogation, admitted arms were stored in the temple precincts, and confessed that on the completion of the ceremony, the Spanish guards would be overwhelmed and the cross thrown down as the signal for an uprising.
Cortés despatched Pedro de Alvarado with 180 cavalry, 300 infantry, 4 cannons, and thousands of allied warriors from central Mexico; they arrived in Soconusco in 1523. Soconusco, 1523–1524. Pedro de Alvarado passed through Soconusco with a sizeable force in 1523, en route to conquer Guatemala.
He left Tenochtitlán in the hands of his trusted officer Pedro de Alvarado and set out to subdue the arrest party. He defeated them in a surprise attack and successfully convinced the soldiers to join his quest to topple the Aztec empire. In the meantime, Alvarado had butchered several hundred Aztec nobles and warriors during a religious festival.
The famous conquistador Pedro de Alvarado, coming to the aid of acting governor Cristóbal de Oñate, led an attack on Nochistlán. However, the Chichimecas counter-attacked and Alvarado's forces were routed.
Pedro de Alvarado was born in 1485 in the town of Badajoz, Extremadura, to Gómez de Alvarado and Leonor de Contreras. Pedro had a twin sister, four full-blood brothers, and an illegitimate half-brother. Not much is known about his childhood and early life experiences though there is no doubt that he grew up to be an adventurous young man.
Leaving a garrison in Tenochtitlán of 80 Spaniards and a few hundred Tlaxcaltecs commanded by his most reckless captain, Pedro de Alvarado, Cortés marched against Narváez, defeated him, and enlisted his army in his own forces. On his return, he found the Spanish garrison in Tenochtitlán besieged by the Aztecs after Alvarado had massacred ...
En el espacio de una noche, los soldados españoles, encabezados por Pedro de Alvarado, atacaron a traición a los participantes desarmados del ritual religioso en honor de Tezcatlipoca en el Templo Mayor y los masacraron de manera sistemática, cerrando el escape a quienes pretendían huir, rematando a los heridos, atravesando con sus lanzas a ...