W. GEORGE LOVELL  

   Professor of Geography, Emeritus   

   Visiting Professor in Latin American History   

   Queen's University and Universidad Pablo de Olavide   

   Kingston, Ontario, Canada and Seville, Spain   

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“Strike Fear in the Land:” Pedro de Alvarado and the Conquest of Guatemala, 1524-1541

The conquest of Guatemala was brutal, prolonged and complex, fraught with intrigue and deception, and not at all clear-cut. Yet views persist of it as an armed confrontation whose stakes were evident and whose outcomes were decisive, especially in favor of the Spaniards...