Spanish conquistador in Mexico and Central America, 1486-1541.
Fishburn and Hughes: "One of the Spanish conquerors of the Indies who in 1519 joined Cortes's expedition to Mexico. From his red face and blond hair he was named by the Indians Tonatinh, 'the sun'. In 1520 he ordered the destruction of the temple of Tenochtitlán and a ruthless massacre. In Guatemala he was responsible for the burning of the capital in 1524, after which all the Quiché tribes submitted to the Spaniards. He also went to Peru, and died under a horse while marching to the aid of an expedition in the mountains of Nochiztlán." (9)