In 1541 Pedro de Alvarado died in Mexico. This new traveled to the kingdom of Guatemala causing sadness between the Spanish people. His old companions in battle remember him with pain and started wondering about the future of the colony. In the contrary, native people cherish hope of a best future.
Pedro de Alvarado´s family cried his death, standing out his wife Doña Beatriz. She gave the order to paint the house in black and cried for days, she even isolated in her house without eating or sleeping.
Nature joined to the sadness of the city when started raining. Under this rain, the city council gathered to deliberate the government of the kingdom.
Pedro de Alvarado was born in Spain in 1485. He participated in the conquest of Cuba, Mexico and Central America. He was called “Tonatiuh” or Sun God by the Aztecs because of his blonde hair, white skin and blue eyes. He had a strong personality and was known for his violence during the battles.
He married twice, first to a Spanish noblewoman called Francisca de la Cueva, who was related to the Duke of Albuquerque and later when she died, he married with her sister, Beatriz de la Cueva. Don Pedro de Alvarado also had a native companion, Doña Luisa Xicotencatl. She was given to him by Hernán Cortés and she followed him on most of his travels.
After the Conquest of Guatemala, he became the governor of the region until his death in 1541, while he was in an expedition in Mexico.
Learn more details of his life resting in the Master Suit of Pedro de Alvarado in Hotel Palacio de Doña Leonor!
Buildings in Antigua Guatemala are beautiful examples of the colonial architecture. They keep the rich of history inside their walls. However, by pass of time they suffered the consequences of natural phenomenon and most of them got damaged. This increased the desire of people to rebuild them.
There are some documents wrote by foreign and religious people who visited the city in the years of 1800 and 1841 in which they describe a city in bad state. It was until 1850 and 1855 when some buildings got rebuild. Some examples are the Palace of the General Captains and the Cathedral.
¡Admire these beautiful and historical buildings during your next visit to Antigua Guatemala!