Francisco de Montejo y Leon

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Casa de Montejo, Merida, Yucatan

    Born in Salamanca, Spain. Member of the Juan de Grijalva expedition that explored the coast of Yucatan. Later participated with Hernan Cortes in the conquest of Tenochtitlan. In 1527 was authorized by Emperor Charles V to conquer Yucatan as governor and captain general. His son Francisco (1508-1565), who served as page to Cortes, inherited these titles after accompanying his father on the campaign. The son later founded the cities of San Francisco de Campeche and Merida.