The Daughter of Don Pedro de Alvarado and Doña Luisa (tlaxcalteca origin), Doña Leonor de Alvarado, was born on March 22, 1524, and was the first mestiza woman born in Guatemala. In the newly founded city of Santiago de los Caballeros, she was named by Fray Juan Godinez as it was I called Utatlán (in Quiche "instead of the gray with age").
Doña Leonor historically to be interpreted by others, and the importance of women in those days depended on the virtue of the families in which they were born or married. However, you should never underestimate the vital role it played during the time of turmoil and conquest of Guatemala. Not only the maintenance of families "together", often helped make fundamental decisions of the State or in business.
Doña Luisa and her daughter Doña Leonor de Alvarado constantly accompanied Don Pedro in his conquest of Guatemala and Central America.
In 1527, on a return trip to Spain to ensure his conquest, Captain Don Pedro de Alvarado, married Francisca de la Cueva, daughter of a noble and powerful family of Castile. Doña Francisca did not last long in the Americas. Upon returning Don Pedro remarried his sister Dona Beatriz de la Cueva, who became Governor.
To ensure a family relationship, Doña Leonor was married to Pedro de Portocarrero, and fellow conquistador Pedro de Alvarado, whom he accompanied during the conquest of Mexico and Guatemala, participating in numerous battles against the Indians.
In 1524, Pedro de Portocarrero, was appointed councilor of the council and served as mayor of the original Capitol. In 1526 led the war against the peoples of Sacatepéquez in 1527 and conquered the province of Chiapas and founded the city of Comitan.
In 1539 Don Pedro Portocarrero dies, leaving Doña Leonor, widow of just 15 years, the heir to a great fortune, as they had no descendants.
After the death of Don Pedro and Doña Beatriz, comes to Guatemala in 1539 to age 38 years. Don Francisco de la Cueva, (cousin of the Duke of Alburquerque) which solicitous by Bishop Francisco Marroquín, marry Doña Leonor, and thus its heiress of her late husband and father was consolidated wealth.
Doña Leonor has six children with Don Francisco de la Cueva.
The Palacio Dona Leonor and adjacent buildings were originally the House of Leonor de Alvarado Cave.
He came to function as a center of commerce and government (on the first floor).
Don Francisco de La Cueva, alternately served as governor, mayor and businessman, because of their relative inexperience and naivety, most of the business will not leave his wife with more experience.
Don Francisco died in late 1576 and Doña Leonor survived until 1583.
In his will, since the September 13, 1583 before the notary (Hidalgo), Doña Leonor expressed his desire to be buried next to her father and husband, in the chapel of the Holy Church Cathedral (Central Cathedral).
As Don Pedro de Alvarado was known for his physical prowess and military leaders, his daughter Doña Leonor inherited her inner strength and determination.
The meticulous restoration of the "Palace" became a testimonial tribute to this remarkable woman.