Sunday, March 20, 2016

Scenes from Antigua I

Some pics from Santiago de Los Caballeros de Guatemala, ot St. James of the Knights of Guatemala aka Antigua Guatemala or now simply Antigua.

 It was Cortez' right-hand man Pedro de Alvarado--a man known even among conquistadores for his brutality, who conquered Central America and in 1524 founded Santiago de Los Caballeros de Guatemala--the city to become Antigua. Santiago was once the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala. 

The Kingdom of Guatemala, or The Captaincy General of Guatemala, was the seat of Spanish colonial power in Central America for centuries. From Santiago-to-be-Antigua, the Spanish controlled a Central American empire that stretched from Southern Mexico to Costa Rica.







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