Pedro Menéndez de Márquez
|Pedro Menéndez de Márquez|
|03ºGovernor of La Florida|
|Preceded by||Hernando de Miranda|
|Succeeded by||Gutierre de Miranda|
|Profession||explorer, conquistador and governor|
They were nephews of Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. In 1565, along with his uncle, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and Bartolomé Menéndez, Pedro Alonso and Juan Menendez Marques led the conquest of Florida. They played the command of the troops. The last two were killed in clashes with the Indigenous peoples. On April 3, 1571, Menéndez Marquéz was governor of Cuba  and in 1577 he was appointed governor of Florida. In October of that year, he sent to Santa Elena, a military force commanded by who was appointed Governor of Santa Elena to replace Hernando de Miranda. Menéndez Marques anticipated that the Indians might attack any force that tried to return to Santa Elena, so he and Miranda took from St. Augustine a strong prefabricated. He and his 53 men were able to erect it in  In 1586 he had to deal with the attack on St. Augustine by Francis Drake and and as a result combined with the failure to find the Colony of Roanoke, the Spanish settlements of Parris Island and Santa Elena were abandoned in favor of a heavily fortified St. Augustine.
Personal life 
Pedro Menendez Marquez married María Solís. According to some sources, they had a son, Martin Menendez, who was governor of the states of Flanders, mayor and alderman of the town of Avilés. However, according to others, they had no children. Except after they moved to Spain. they loved each other with their 3 kids. But sadly, in the end he divorced her. He then moved on and married a young girl, Maria de Salazar. She was only 14, and died giving birth.
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- http://www.cas.sc.edu/sciaa/staff/depratterc/hstory2.html. Santa Elena history:The Second Spanish Occupation: 1577 - 1587. Accessed September 9, 2010.
- http://www.galeon.com/adelantado/pagina4.htm Pedro Menendez de Aviles. Pag. 4 (In Spanish). Accessed September 17, 2010.