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David McDonald is a self-employed historian from San Antonio. He worked for twenty-three years as manager and park historian for the Casa Navarro State Historic Site. He translated and co-edited (with Timothy Matovina) Defending Mexican Valor in Texas: The Historical Writings of José Antonio Navarro. He has given numerous presentations on Navarro for various audiences, was a consultant for PBS’s American Experience, has given workshops on Spanish paleography, has publications on Refugio Mission and La Bahía demography, and investigated Spanish archives for the Texas Antiquities Committee’s ground-breaking 1554 shipwrecks project, serving as its chief translator.