12. Kaqchikel alliance and conquest of the Tz'utujil, 315,319,333,351,355–356,358,360,363,369–370,372. Alvaradowent to the region of Mexico to help the Spanish during the Mixton War. Sharer and Traxler 2006, p. 764. Once across, the conquistadors ransacked nearby settlements in an effort to terrorise the K'iche'. Levy, Buddy. [78][nb 2] The Kaqchikel people abandoned their city and fled to the forests and hills on 28 August 1524. Alvarado remained governor of Guatemala until his death. Then the Spaniards went on to defeat the Pipil of Panacal. [74], The following day the Spanish entered Tecpan Atitlan but found it deserted. [85], Alvarado's army continued eastwards from Atiquipaque, seizing several more Xinca cities. [92] In 1534, Alvarado heard tales of the riches of Peru, headed south to the Andes and attempted to bring the province of Quito under his rule. Alvarado was received enthusiastically in Cuba and soon plans were made for further expeditions to the gold-rich lands. [17], Very little is known of Pedro de Alvarado's early life before his arrival in the Americas. Pedro was born at 08:00 on 12 October 1798 in the Queluz Royal Palace near Lisbon, Portugal. Leonor de Contreras y Gutiérrez de Trejo, 28. The Tz'utujil leaders responded by surrendering to Pedro de Alvarado and swearing loyalty to Spain, at which point Alvarado considered them pacified and returned to Iximche. Schele & Mathews 1999, p. 297. In 1536, ostensibly in response to a letter asking for aid from Andrés de Cereceda, then acting Governor of the Province of Honduras, Alvarado and his army of Indian allies arrived in Honduras, just as the Spanish colonists were preparing to abandon the country and go look for gold in Peru. [56] By 1524, Soconusco had been completely pacified by Alvarado and his forces. Recinos 1986, p. 82. Cortes recognized this and gave him important leadership roles. Recinos 1998, p. 29. At great cost, he assembled and equipped 13 ships and approximately 550 soldiers for the expedition. American historian William H. Prescott described Alvarado's character in the following terms: Alvarado was a cavalier of high family, gallant and chivalrous, and [Cortes'] warm personal friend. At last, Pedro de Alvarado made good his retreat to his camp. Recinos 1986, p. 84. Famous Role Models You Would Like To Meet. The Maya remained hidden in the forest, so the Spanish boarded their ships and continued along the coast. He gathered his troops and went to help Oñate but was badly injured in a freak accident involving a horse and died a few days later on July 4, 1541. https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/pedro-de-alvarado-6607.php, Top NBA Players With No Championship Rings. In 1530 Pedro sent Alvarado to set up a colony in present-day eastern El Salvador. While he was gone, Pedro de Alvarado was left in charge of the Spanish’s mission in Tenochtitlan. He had talents for action, was possessed of firmness and intrepidity, while his frank and dazzling manners made the Tonatiuh an especial favourite with the Mexicans. In 1524 Alvarado became governor and captain-general of Guatemala, and formed settlements on … Bantam Books, 2008, p. 42. [32] At Campeche the Spanish opened fire against the city with small cannon; the inhabitants fled, allowing the Spanish to take the abandoned city. Sharer and Traxler 2006, p. 765. [48][50]:296–300 According to satirical verses by Gonzalo Ocampo, in reference to Alvarado crossing a causeway gap during the escape, Alvarado's escape became known as Salto de Alvarado ("Alvarado's Leap"). [49] When Cortés returned to Tenochtitlan, he found the Spanish force under siege. He did not have any legitimate children from either of his marriages. [35] A little further along the coast, the fleet encountered settlements under Aztec dominion, and was met by Aztec emissaries with gifts of gold and jewels sent by the Emperor Moctezuma II. Gómez de Alvarado y Messía de Sandoval. Around 1510, he along with his brothers crossed the Atlantic Ocean to venture into the New World. He passed away from the injuries on July 4, 1541. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/224828206373788004/. [48]:283–286 Alvarado claims he did so because he feared the Aztecs were plotting against him but there is no physical evidence to support this claim and the alleged warnings he received came from tortured captives that very likely would have said anything to make the torture stop. [65] Fearing the great number of K'iche' warriors gathered outside the city and that his cavalry would not be able to manoeuvre in the narrow streets of Q'umarkaj, he invited the leading lords of the city, Oxib-Keh (the king) and Beleheb-Tzy (the king elect) to visit him in his camp. Cortés' and Sandoval's companies joined him there after four more days of fighting. Ten days later the Spanish declared war on the Kaqchikel. [33] By means of interpreters, Grijalva indicated that he wished to trade and bartered wine and beads in exchange for food and other supplies. Sharer & Traxler 2006, pp. 78-79. [1] 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 Mexico led by Hernán Cortés. His body was buried at a local church in a village near Guadalajara, New Spain. 764–765. He is considered the conquistador of much of Central America, including Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. En 1510, con 27 [57], Pedro de Alvarado and his army advanced along the Pacific coast unopposed until they reached the Samalá River in western Guatemala. Sharer and Traxler 2006, pp. They reported that neighbouring groups in Guatemala were attacking them because of their friendly outlook towards the Spanish. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Francisco de Maria Alvarado, which was dated 1472, in the charters of the state of Castille, Spain, during the reign of King Henry 1V of Leon and Castille, reigned In 1541 he received a letter from fellow Spanish conquistador Cristóbal de Oñate, pleading for help against hostile Indians who were besieging him at Nochistlán. É considerado como o conquistador de grande parte da América Central e do norte do Império Inca, junto com Sebastián de Belalcázar. 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 divided up the Indian labor in repartimiento grants to his soldiers and some of the colonists, and returned to Guatemala. [8] He was ruthless in his dealings with the indigenous peoples he set out to conquer. [16] Pedro had an illegitimate half brother, also named Juan, referred to in contemporary sources as Juan el Bastardo. Adrián Recinos, Pedro de Alvarado, Conquistador de México y Guatemala, 2d ed. The two forces of Conquistadors almost came to battle; however, Alvarado bartered to Pizarro's group most of his ships, horses, and ammunition, plus most of his men, for a comparatively modest sum of money, and returned to Guatemala. Pedro de Alvarado y Contreras (Badajoz, Extremadura, Corona castellana, 1485 - Guadalajara, Virreinato de Nueva España, Imperio español, 4 de julio de 1541) fue un adelantado y conquistador español que participó en la conquista de Cuba, en la exploración por Juan de Grijalva del golfo de México y de las costas de Yucatán, y en la conquista del Imperio azteca dirigida por Hernán Cortés. At that time, Honduras consisted of a single settlement of Spaniards in Trujillo, but he declined to act on it. [20] By 1511 a system of licenses had been established in Spain to control the flow of colonists to the New World. [62] This battle exhausted the K'iche' militarily and they asked for peace and offered tribute, inviting Pedro de Alvarado into their capital Q'umarkaj, which was known as Tecpan Utatlan to the Nahuatl-speaking allies of the Spanish. Francisca de la Cueva was well connected at the royal court, being the niece of Francisco de los Cobos, the king's secretary, and a member of the powerful noble house of Albuquerque. Four decades after Alvarado's death, his mestiza daughter Leonor de Alvarado Xicoténcatl paid to transport his remains to Guatemala for reburial in the cathedral of the city of Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala, now Antigua Guatemala. The Tlaxcalteca attacked the Spanish force numerous times but they were unable to rout the Spanish forces. [63], On 14 April 1524, soon after the defeat of the K'iche', the Spanish were invited into Iximche and were well received by the lords Belehe Qat and Cahi Imox. Recinos 1986, pp. [30] From Cozumel, the fleet looped around the north of the Yucatán Peninsula and followed the coast to the Tabasco River. Benedick laughingly jokes in the final scene that the melancholy prince must “get thee a wife” in order to enjoy true happiness (V.iv. [41] Some of the Spaniards stayed near the coast when Cortés journeyed inland but Alvarado accompanied Cortés on the inland march. On 12 February 1524 Alvarado's Mexican allies were ambushed in the pass and driven back by K'iche' warriors but the Spanish cavalry charge that followed was a shock for the K'iche', who had never before seen horses. [25] He organised an expedition consisting of four ships and 260 men. Alvarado led the first effort by Spanish forces to extend their dominion to the nation of Cuzcatlan (in modern El Salvador), in June 1524. He then went on to participate in an expedition to Mexico and the siege of Tenochtitlan, commanding one of four forces under Cortes. The Spanish. Maya temples were cast down and a Christian cross was put up on one of them. Alonso de Alvarado was the precursor of the expeditions that penetrated Amazonía: he departed from Trujillo, Peru and, crossing the Andes, came in 1535 to the land of the Chachapoyas, where a few years later the city that today is the capital of the department of the Amazon was founded. Fowler 1985, p. 41. After making an alliance with the Tlaxcalteca, the Spanish went on to conquer the Aztecs. [72] When news of the killing of the messengers reached the Spanish at Iximche, the conquistadors marched against the Tz'utujil with their Kaqchikel allies. A renowned conquistador who participated in several significant Spanish conquests, Pedro de Alvarado is best known for leading the conquest of Guatemala. [63] Pedro de Alvarado sent two Kaqchikel messengers to Tecpan Atitlan at the request of the Kaqchikel lords, both of whom were killed by the Tz'utujil. Sharer and Traxler 2006, p. 763. [91] Technically, this was not his first marriage as he married an indigenous woman, daughter to Xicotencatl the Younger, who was referred to as Dona Luisa by Spanish speakers and Tlecuiluatzin by Nahuatl speakers. [48]:396–308, Pedro de Alvarado describing the approach to Quetzaltenango in his 3rd letter to Hernán Cortés[51], Cortés despatched Pedro de Alvarado to invade Guatemala with 180 cavalry, 300 infantry, crossbows, muskets, 4 cannons, large amounts of ammunition and gunpowder, and thousands of allied Mexican warriors. In 1533 or 1534 he began to send his own work gangs of enslaved Africans and Native Americans into the parts of Honduras adjacent to Guatemala to work the placer gold deposits. With Luisa de Tlaxcala Pedro de Alvarado had three children: By other women, in more casual relationships, he had two other children: Pedro de Alvarado, as imagined by painter Tomás Povedano in 1906. [66], As soon as they did so, he seized them and kept them as prisoners in his camp. Sharer and Traxler 2006, p. 759. "Conquistador." This action greatly angered Grijalva, who feared that a lone ship could be lost. Francisco de Montejo had a rival claim, and was installed by the Spanish king as Governor of Honduras in 1540. Diaz, B., 1963, The Conquest of New Spain, London: Penguin Books, Levy, Buddy. He held a command in the expedition sent from Cuba against Yucatan in the spring of 1518, and returned in a few months, bearing reports of the wealth and splendour of Montezuma 's empire. The battle took place on 26 May 1524 and resulted in a significant reduction of the Xinca population. Alvar García de Bejarano or de Orellana, Señor de Orellana la Nueva, 3. [76], Pedro de Alvarado rapidly began to demand gold in tribute from the Kaqchikels, souring the friendship between the two peoples. [63], In March 1524 Pedro de Alvarado entered Q'umarkaj at the invitation of the remaining lords of the K'iche' after their catastrophic defeat,[64] fearing that he was entering a trap. Biografía de Pedro de Alvarado Pedro de Alvarado (1485 -1541) Conquistador español. Schele & Mathews 1999, pp. In turn Cortés gave her in guard to Pedro de Alvarado,[48]:178 who quickly and unremarkably became her lover. Gall 1967, p. 41. The siege was part of a major revolt by the Mixtón natives of the Nueva Galicia region of Mexico. Despite Alvarado's initial success in the Battle of Acajutla, the indigenous people of Cuzcatlán, who according to tradition were led by a warlord called Atlacatl, defeated the Spaniards and their auxiliaries, and forced them to withdraw to Guatemala. The Spanish returned to the Kaqchikel capital on 23 July 1524 and on 27 July, Pedro de Alvarado declared Iximche as the first capital of Guatemala, Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala ("St. James of the Knights of Guatemala"). Pedro de Alvarado led the conquest of the maya in the year 1523.He was the chief officer of Cortez. Alvarado was made the captain of one of these ships. [71], The Kaqchikel appear to have entered into an alliance with the Spanish to defeat their enemies, the Tz'utujil, whose capital was Tecpan Atitlan. the Spanish arrival at Iximche on 12 April rather than 14 April) based on vague dating in Spanish primary records. 764–765. He was named after St. Peter of Alcantara, and his full name was Pedro de Alcântara Francisco António João Carlos Xavier de Paula Miguel Rafael Joaquim José Gonzaga Pascoal Cipriano Serafim. [2], Pedro de Alvarado was flamboyant and charismatic,[3] and was both a brilliant military commander[4] and a cruel, hardened man. [9], His tactical brutality, such as the massacre in the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan, often undermined strategic considerations. Relations between the Spaniards and their hosts were uneasy, especially given Cortés' repeated insistence that the Aztecs desist from idol worship and human sacrifice; in order to ensure their own safety, the Spaniards took the Aztec king Moctezuma hostage. Born in Badajoz, Extremadura, he crossed the Atlantic Ocean to arrive in Santo Domingo, on Hispaniola. From the natives they received a few gold trinkets and news of the riches of the Aztec Empire to the west. Pedro had a twin sister, four full-blood brothers, and an illegitimate half-brother. He was a poor governor of territories he had conquered, and restlessly sought out new adventures. After the death of Alvarado, de la Cueva maneuvered her own election and succeeded him as governor of Guatemala, becoming the only woman to govern a major political division of the Americas in Spanish colonial times. as "an insatiable despot who recognized no authority but his own and who regarded Guatemala as little more than his personal estate."[1]. 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[69][nb 1] The Kaqchikel kings provided native soldiers to assist the conquistadors against continuing K'iche' resistance and to help with the defeat of the neighbouring Tz'utuhil kingdom. This battle took place on 18 April. 765–766. Clendinnen 2003, p. 14. Pedro de Alvarado soon arrived at Santo Domingo, on Hispaniola where he met Hernan Cortes who was serving as a public scribe. He later on married one of his first wife's sisters, Beatriz de la Cueva. Alvarado had no children from either of his legal marriages. Recinos 1986, p. 75. [81] Alvarado described the terrain approaching the town as very difficult, covered with dense vegetation and swampland that made the use of cavalry impossible; instead he sent men with crossbows ahead. When Pedro de Alvarado and his men arrived at Utatlan they asked the Mayans to surrender peacefully. In 1532, Alvarado received a Royal Cedula naming him Governor of the Province of Honduras. The conquest of Cuba was launched in 1511, and Pedro de Alvarado was accompanied by his brothers. Recinos 1986, p. 18. [62] He encamped on the plain outside the city rather than accepting lodgings inside. Pedro de Alvarado camped in the centre of the city and sent out scouts to find the enemy. Alvarado, Pedro de Alvarado, Pedro de The Catholic Encyclopedia This article was originally published as part of The Catholic Encyclopedia. [30], At the Papaloapan River, Alvarado ordered his ship upriver, leaving the rest of the small fleet behind to wait for him at the river mouth. Lovell 2005, p. 58. Días después se celebraba la fiesta del Toxcatl. After the death of her husband, Beatriz de la Cueva maneuvered her own election and succeeded him as governor of Guatemala, becoming the only woman to govern a major political division of the Americas in Spanish colonial times.[93]. Not much is known about his early life before he earned a name for himself as an adventurous and fearless conquistador, though folk legends give several accounts of his early exploits which however lack credibility. [85] At this point Alvarado's force consisted of 250 Spanish infantry accompanied by 6,000 indigenous allies, mostly Kaqchikel and Cholutec. The only one of the Alvarado brothers that appears in the registers is Juan de Alvarado, in 1511, leading to the assumption that the rest were already in the Americas by the time the licensing system was established. In a freak accident, he was crushed by a horse that was spooked and ran amok. [53] Alvarado's army included hardened veterans of the conquest of the Aztecs, and included cavalry and artillery;[54] there were also a great many indigenous allies from Cholula, Tenochtitlan, Texcoco, Tlaxcala, and Xochimilco. At this time Alvarado requested permission from the king for an expedition south along the Pacific coast, to conquer any lands there that had not already been claimed for the Crown, and specifically rejected that Cortés should accompany him. Sharer & Traxler 2006, pp. [77] He demanded that their kings deliver 1000 gold leaves, each worth 15 pesos. He was altogether destitute of that moderation, which, in the delicate position he occupied, was a quality of more worth than all the rest. Recinos 1986, p. 65. By 1532, Alvarado's friendship with Hernán Cortés had soured, and he no longer trusted him. [48]:296–300, Pedro then participated in the Siege of Tenochtitlan, commanding one of four forces under Cortés. One of his companions walked out to the end of the pole after removing his cloak and sword, and returned to the tower backwards. Luisa followed Alvarado in his pursuit of conquests beyond central Mexico. The fleet was about to set sail in 1541 when Alvarado received a letter from Cristóbal de Oñate, pleading for help against hostile Indians who were besieging him at Nochistlán.[48]:Ch.203. Pedro de Alvarado y Contreras (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpeðɾo ðe alβaˈɾaðo]; Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain, ca. Additional Bibliography Flint, Richard, and Shirley Cushing Flint. Señor de Grimaldo, Almofraque y Carchuelas, Leonor de Alvarado y Xicotenga Tecubalsi, born in the newly founded Spanish city of, Gómez de Alvarado, without further notice, Pedro de Alvarado is a character in the opera, Pedro de Alvarado is identified as the torturer of Tzinacán, the narrator in, Pedro de Alvarado is a character in the historical novel, This page was last edited on 2 December 2020, at 01:39. Alvarado developed a plan to outfit an armada that would sail from the western coast of Mexico to China and the Spice Islands. Francisca de la Cueva died shortly after their arrival in America. When Cortés returned to the Gulf coast to deal with the newly arrived hostile expedition of Pánfilo de Narváez, Alvarado remained in Tenochtitlan as commander of the Spanish enclave, with strict orders to make sure that Moctezuma not be permitted to escape. [68] After the destruction of Q'umarkaj and the execution of its rulers, Pedro de Alvarado sent messages to Iximche, capital of the Kaqchikel, proposing an alliance against the remaining K'iche' resistance. This marriage gave Alvarado extra leverage at court and was far more useful to his long term interests; Alvarado thereafter maintained a friendship with Francisco de los Cobos that allowed him access to the king's favour. Bantam Books, 2008, p. 29. [48]:286,294,296 In a bloody nocturnal action of 10 July 1520, known as La Noche Triste, Alvarado led the rear-guard and was badly wounded. Spanish Conquistador Pedro de Alvarado y Contreras, also known as Don Pedro de Alvarado, was a Spanish conquistador, known for his skill as a soldier and cruelty to native populations. Alvarado’s army continued eastwards from Atiquipaque, seizing several more Xinca cities. (1986). [28] The small fleet was stocked with crossbows, muskets, barter goods, salted pork and cassava bread. This text is in the public domain because its copyright has expired. A banner pole extended some 3.0 to 3.7 metres (10 to 12 ft) from an upper window. [6] He was handsome,[7] and presented an affable appearance, but was volatile and quick to anger. [67] At this point Alvarado decided to have the captured K'iche' lords burnt to death, and then proceeded to burn the entire city. [75] A short time afterwards a number of lords arrived from the Pacific lowlands to swear allegiance to the king of Spain. [24] Soon after the invasion, Alvarado was managing a prosperous hacienda in the new colony. [77] A day later they were joined by many nobles and their families and many more people; they then surrendered at the new Spanish capital at Ciudad Vieja. As a punishment, Grijalva sent back Alvarado to Cuba to relay the news of the discoveries of the riches. [48]:315,319,333,351,355–356,358,360,363,369–370,372 Alvarado was wounded when Guatemoc attacked all three Spanish camps on the feast day of St. Diego was a veteran of the campaigns against the Moors. [19], Alvarado's paternal grandfather was Juan Alvarado "el Viejo" ("the elder"), who was comendador of Hornachos, and his paternal grandmother was Catalina Messía. Pic 1: Alvarado asks to see the festival of Toxcatl; Florentine Codex Book XII (Click on image to enlarge) Many writers have told the story of this tragic massacre in May 1520, which led directly to the death of the Mexica emperor Motecuhzoma and to the flight of the Spanish forces from Tenochtitlan during the ‘Sad Night’. His governorship of Honduras was not uncontested. 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. Alvarado joined Cortés to participate in the conquest of Cuba,[23] under the command of Diego de Velázquez. Referred to as "Tonatiuh" or " Sun God " by the Aztecs because of his blonde hair and white skin, Alvarado was violent, cruel and ruthless, even for a conquistador for whom such traits were practically a given. [79][nb 3] The Kaqchikel kept up resistance against the Spanish for a number of years. [23] It is around this time that Pedro de Alvarado emerges into the historical record as a prosperous and influential hacienda-owner, already well connected with Velázquez, who was now governor of Cuba. [40] In Tabasco, the fleet anchored at Potonchán,[41] a Chontal Maya town. Alvarado, Pedro de (1485–1541) Spanish conquistador. On 9 May 1530, exhausted by the warfare that had seen the deaths of their best warriors and the enforced abandonment of their crops,[80] the two kings of the most important clans returned from the wilds. [38] The crew included officers that would become famous conquistadors, including Cristóbal de Olid, Gonzalo de Sandoval and Diego de Ordaz. [48]:Ch.203 He died a few days later, on July 4, 1541, and was buried in the church at Tiripetío, a village between Pátzcuaro and Morelia (in present-day Michoacán). There he met another adventurous soul, Hernan Cortes, with whom he participated in the conquest of Cuba under the command of Diego de Velázquez. During this period he also brought the nation of Cuzcatlán (El Salvador) under Spanish control. Pedro de Alvarado y Contreras was a Spanish conquistador and governor of Guatemala. [77], On 8 May 1524, Pedro de Alvarado continued southwards to the Pacific coastal plain with an army numbering approximately 6000,[nb 4] where he defeated the Pipil of Panacal or Panacaltepeque near Izcuintepeque on 9 May. Although renowned for his skill as a soldier, Alvarado is known also for the cruelty of his treatment of native populations, and mass murders … A native of Badajóz, son of the commander of Lobon, he was made a Knight of the Order of Santiago in reward for his exploits in Mexico and Central America. 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. On Ascension Thursday the fleet discovered a large bay, which the Spanish named Bahía de la Ascensión. [74] Three days after Pedro de Alvarado returned to Iximche, the lords of the Tz'utujil arrived there to pledge their loyalty and offer tribute to the conquistadors. Following the conquest, Diego de Velázquez became the governor of Cuba. [52] Pedro de Alvarado passed through Soconusco with a sizeable force in 1523, en route to conquer Guatemala. Hernán Cortés was placed in command;[30] Pedro de Alvarado and his brothers Jorge, Gómez and Juan "El Bastardo" joined the expedition. [60], Almost a week later, on 18 February 1524,[61] a K'iche' army confronted the Spanish army in the Quetzaltenango valley and were comprehensively defeated; many K'iche' nobles were among the dead. [48]:377–378,381,384–385,388–389 Alvarado's company was the first to make it to the Tlateloco marketplace, setting fire to the Aztec shrines. A new expedition was organised, with a fleet of eleven ships carrying 500 men and some horses. After this, the Spanish referred to the river as the Río de Alvarado ("Alvarado's River"). His letters show no interest in civil matters, and he only discussed exploration and war. [82], According to Alvarado's letter to Cortés, the Pipil came back to the town and submitted to him, accepting the king of Spain as their overlord. Messengers from the city of Pazaco, in the modern department of Jutiapa,[89] offered peace to the conquistadors but when Alvarado arrived there the next day the inhabitants were preparing for war. Gutierre González de Trejo, 7. He became the governor of Guatemala in 1527. His early arrival in Cuba allowed him to ingratiate himself with the Governor Velázquez before Grijalva's return. Alvarado, afraid of being mocked, walked out onto the pole with both sword and cloak, and turned around at the end to return to the tower facing it. An experienced and well known military commander by now, he led the conquest of Quiché and Cakchiquel of Guatemala and in 1524 founded Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala and served as its governor. Alvarado was wounded on his left thigh, remaining handicapped for the rest of his life. Alvarado played a significant role in the siege of Tenochtitlan, commanding one of four forces under Cortes. The expedition continued far enough to confirm the reality of the gold-rich empire,[34] sailing as far north as Pánuco River. Pedro de Alvarado ordered the town to be burnt and sent messengers to the Pipil lords demanding their surrender, otherwise he would lay waste to their lands. Alvarado was a brave man blessed with great military skills. 117 ). ... we waited until they came close enough to shoot their arrows, and then we smashed into them; as they had never seen horses, they grew very fearful, and we made a good advance ... and many of them died. 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