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 Hernán ...
Pedro de Alvarado, Spanish conquistador who helped conquer Mexico and Central America for Spain in the 16th century. He also served as governor of Guatemala (1527–31, 1537–41). He died while attempting to quell an Indian uprising in central Mexico. Learn more about Alvarado.
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.
Pedro de Alvarado (c. 1485-1541) was a Spanish conquistador who became the first governor of Guatemala in 1527. Living an extraordinary life of adventure, Alvarado participated in separate expeditions to Mexico, Central America, South America, and finally, North America.
Pedro de Alvarado (1485-1541) was a Spanish conquistador and one of Hernan Cortes' top lieutenants during the conquest of the Aztec Empire (1519-1521). He also took part in the conquest of the Maya civilizations of Central America and the Inca of Peru.
The Spanish conquistador Pedro de Alvarado is made the governor of Honduras. 1540 Pedro de Alvarado joins an expedition led by Francisco Vásquez de Coronado to explore North America. Jun 1541 - Jul 1541 Pedro de Alvarado dies near Guadalajara, Mexico after his horse falls on him.
In 1524, a band of ruthless Spanish conquistadores under the command of Pedro de Alvarado moved into present-day Guatemala. The Maya Empire had deteriorated some centuries before but survived as a number of small kingdoms, the strongest of which was the K’iche, whose home was in what is now central Guatemala.
Pedro de Alvarado arrived in Guatemala from the newly conquered Mexico in early 1524, commanding a mixed force of Spanish conquistadors and native allies, mostly from Tlaxcala and Cholula. Geographic features across Guatemala now bear Nahuatl placenames owing to the influence of these Mexican allies, who translated for the Spanish. 
Alvarado, Pedro de (1485–1541) Spanish conquistador. Alvarado accompanied Hernán Cortés in the conquest of Mexico (1519–21). His actions led to the death of Montezuma. In 1524 Alvarado became governor and captain-general of Guatemala, and formed settlements on the coast of Honduras.
The Spanish conquest and colonization of El Salvador began in 1524 with the arrival of an expedition from Guatemala led by Pedro de Alvarado. Alvarado’s troops met determined opposition from a Nahua tribe, the Pipil, that occupied much of the region west of the Lempa River.