Francisco Hernández de Córdoba (founder of Nicaragua)

There were two Spanish conquistadores at the start of the 16th-century named Francisco Hernández de Córdoba. The one described here founded Nicaragua. The other led a 1517 expedition which provided the first European accounts of the Yucatán Peninsula: see Francisco Hernández de Córdoba (Yucatán conquistador). Neither of their birth dates are known.
Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba
Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba
Nicaraguan Postage, 1924
Statue von Francisco Hernández de Córdoba
A statue of Francisco Hernández de Córdoba in Granada

Francisco Hernández de Córdoba (Spanish: [fɾanˈθisko eɾˈnãndeθ ðe ˈkoɾðoβa]; 1475 ? - 1526) is usually reputed as the founder of Nicaragua, and in fact he founded two important Nicaraguan cities, Granada and León. The currency of Nicaragua is named the córdoba in his memory.

Cordoba was an officer of Pedro Arias Dávila, known also as Pedrarias Dávila.[1]:43 Hernán Cortés and Hernan Ponce de Leon supported Cordoba during the conquest of Nicaragua in 1524,[1]:135 in return for support against Cristóbal de Olid. Pedrarias Dávila considered Cordoba an insurrectionist and a traitor, and finally captured and beheaded him.[1]:71,80

His remains were found in 2000 in Leon Viejo, Nicaragua.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Leon, P., 1998, The Discovery and Conquest of Peru, Chronicles of the New World Encounter, edited and translated by Cook and Cook, Durham: Duke University Press, ISBN 9780822321460
  2. ^ Article on

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Francisco Hernández

Francisco Hernández may refer to:

Francisco Hernández de Toledo (1514–1587), naturalist and court physician to the King of Spain

Francisco Hernández de Córdoba (founder of Nicaragua) (c. 1475–1526)

Francisco Hernández de Córdoba (Yucatán conquistador) (died 1517), Spanish conquistador

Francisco Hernández Ortiz-Pizarro (1555–1613), founder of Fort Calbuco

Francisco Hernández (footballer, born 1949) (1949–2019), football player from Costa Rica

Francisco Hernández (Mexican footballer) (1924–2001), player who competed at the FIFA World Cup

Francisco Hernández Tomé (died 1872), Spanish mural painter

Francisco Jose Hernandez (born 1936), Cuban exile and president of the Cuban American National Foundation

Francisco Hernández (rugby union) (born 1988), Spanish rugby sevens player

Francisco Hernández de Córdoba

Francisco Hernández de Córdoba may refer to:

Francisco Hernández de Córdoba (Yucatán conquistador) (died 1517)

Francisco Hernández de Córdoba (founder of Nicaragua) (died 1526)

List of conquistadors

The following is a list of conquistadors.


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