Francisco Ferdinand
de Cordoba

Spanish Explorer of Nicaragua

Born: 1475

Died: 1526

In 1524, Pedrarias, the governor of Panama, was informed that he was about to be replaced. In response, Pedrarias sent his deputy, Francisco Ferdinand de Cordoba, on an expedition to Nicaragua establish a new power base there.

Cordoba explored the shores of Lake Nicaragua and founded the settlements of Bruselas, Granada, Leon. He also explored the San Juan River, Lake Nicaragua’s outlet to the Caribbean. It was hoped for sometime that this route could be used as a shipping route to the Pacific Ocean from the Atlantic, but the river was non-navigable.

When Cordoba finally declared his independence from the governor, Pedrarias tried and had him executed for disloyalty.

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