Fernández de Córdoba, Francisco

Fernández de Córdoba, Francisco

(fränthēs`kō fārnän`dāth dā kōr`dōbä), d. 1518?, Spanish explorer in Mexico. Sailing from Cuba on a slave hunt, he discovered Yucatán in 1517. He died from wounds received in a battle with the Maya. His explorations were furthered by Juan de Grijalva.

Fernández de Córdoba, Francisco

(fränthēs`kō fārnän`dāth dā kōr`dōbä), d. 1526?, Spanish conquistador. Sent in 1523 by Pedro Arias de ÁvilaArias de Ávila, Pedro
, known as Pedrarias
, c.1440–1531, Spanish colonial administrator. He was sent (1514) as governor to Darién (now part of Panama), then under the rule of Vasco Núñez de Balboa.
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 to deprive Gil González de ÁvilaGonzález de Ávila, Gil
, d. 1543, Spanish conquistador. Despite the opposition of Pedro Arias de Ávila, he conquered Honduras, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua in 1522. He then fled to the island of Hispaniola to avoid trouble with Arias de Ávila.
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 (d. 1543) of his claims to Nicaragua, Fernández de Córdoba founded LeónLeón,
city (1995 pop. 125,117), W Nicaragua. It is Nicaragua's second largest city and the rail and commercial center between Corinto and Managua. It was founded in 1524 on Lake Managua by Francisco Fernández de Córdoba and moved west to its present site in
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 and GranadaGranada
, city (1995 pop. 74,396), W Nicaragua, on Lake Nicaragua. It is Nicaragua's third largest city and the center of commerce on Lake Nicaragua. Located in a rich agricultural region, Granada has been the stronghold of Nicaragua's landed aristocracy; manufactures include
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 (Nicaragua). In an attempt to seize Nicaragua for himself, he was surprised by his commander and put to death. The Nicaraguan unit of currency (córdoba) is named after him.
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