Fernández de Córdoba, Francisco (fränthēsˈkō fārnänˈdāth dā kōrˈdōbä) [key], d. 1526?, Spanish conquistador. Sent in 1523 by Pedro Arias de Ávila to deprive Gil González de Ávila (d. 1543) of his claims to Nicaragua, Fernández de Córdoba founded León and Granada (Nicaragua). In an attempt to seize Nicaragua for himself, he was surprised by his commander and put to death. The Nicaraguan unit of currency (córdoba) is named after him.
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