Antonio de Mendoza
Antonio de Mendoza, Marquis of Mondejar, Count of Tendilla (1495 – Alcala la Real, (Jaen); July 21, 1552, Lima), was the first viceroy of New Spain, serving from April 17, 1535 to November 25, 1550, and the third viceroy of Peru, from September 23, 1551 to July 21, 1552. Married to Maria Ana de Trujillo de Mendoza.
Mendoza came from a distinguished family of military officers and statesmen. After three high-ranking noblemen declined the appointment as viceroy of New Spain, it was accepted by don Antonio, who had served capably in the Court and as Spanish ambassador to Hungary.
As viceroy, Mendoza commissioned the expedition of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado to explore and establish settlements in the northern lands of New Spain in 1540-42, the expedition of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo to explore the western coastline of Alta California in 1542-43, and the expedition of Ruy Lopez de Villalobos to the Philippines in 1542-43. The Codex Mendoza is named for him. He probably commissioned it.
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