But, underneath this showy exterior, the future conqueror of Guatemala concealed a heart rash, rapacious, and cruel.
He participated in the conquest of Cuba, in Juan de Grijalva's exploration of the coasts of the Yucatán Peninsula and the Gulf of Mexico, and in the conquest of Mexico led by Hernán Cortés.
This action greatly angered Grijalva, who feared that a lone ship could be lost.
After this, the Spanish referred to the river as the Río de Alvarado ("Alvarado's River").
The Maya remained hidden in the forest, so the Spanish boarded their ships and continued along the coast.
By means of interpreters, Grijalva indicated that he wished to trade and bartered wine and beads in exchange for food and other supplies.