Juan Vásquez de Coronado

Juan Vásquez de Coronado y Anaya (Salamanca, 1523 – 1565) was a Spanish conquistador, remembered especially for his role in the colonization of Costa Rica, in Central America, where he gained a reputation for fairness, effective administration, and good relationships with the native population. He was a nephew of Francisco Vásquez de Coronado y Luján, who explored the southwestern United States between 1540 and 1542. By a decree given at Aranjuez by King Philip II of Spain on April 8, 1565, Juan Vásquez de Coronado was appointed as the first royal governor and first Adelantado (a hereditary title) of the province of Costa Rica, but his ship disappeared in a storm off the coast of southern Spain while he was on his way to receive his appointments from the monarch. He was married to Isabel, a daughter of Pedro Arias Dávila, the principal conqueror of Panamá. The Vásquez de Coronado Canton, one of the administrative divisions of the Province of San José, in the Republic Costa Rica, was named in his honor. Juan Vásquez de Coronado was born in Salamanca, Spain, the bastard son of a prominent nobleman, Gonzalo Vásquez de Coronado y Luján (c.

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Date of death
April 8th, 1565 at age of 42


1.Vásquez de Coronado

Administrative Division
Vásquez de Coronado, also spelled Vázquez de Coronado, is the name of the 11th canton in the province of San José in Costa Rica. The canton covers an area of 222.20 km², and has a population of 59,113. The capital city of the canton is San Isidro. The canton of the highlands rises out of the suburbs of San José to encompass a major portion of the Cordillera Central and Braulio Carrillo National Park. The Río Sucio forms the western boundary of the canton, while the Río Macho, Río Zurquí and Río Patria establish the canton's limits to the east. The northern tip of the canton is marked by the confluence of the Sucio and Patria rivers.
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San José


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