Arias de Ávila, Pedro

Arias de Ávila, Pedro pā´ᵺrō ä´ryäs dā ä´vēlä [key], known as Pedrarias pāᵺrä´ryäs [key], c.1440–1531, Spanish colonial administrator. He was sent (1514) as governor to Darién (now part of Panama), then under the rule of Vasco Núñez de Balboa . A long quarrel between the two ended with Balboa's execution. Pedrarias's administration was notoriously harsh and cruel, but he extended the Spanish dominions and founded (1519) Panama City he first aided, but later hindered, Francisco Pizarro and Diego de Almagro in their conquest of Peru. His name also appears as Pedrarias Dávila.

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