Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba
Nicaraguan Postage, 1924
A statue of Francisco Hernández de Córdoba in Granada
Francisco Hernández de Córdoba (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.:43Hernán Cortés and Hernan Ponce de Leon supported Cordoba during the conquest of Nicaragua in 1524.:135 In return for support against Cristóbal de Olid. Pedrarias Dávila considered Cordoba an insurrectionist and a traitor, and finally captured and beheaded him.:71,80
His remains were found in 2000 in Leon Viejo, Nicaragua.