(Ábalos, España, 1765 - Madrid, España, 1844)
\"Martín Fernández de Navarrete y Ximénez de Tejada (November 9, 1765 - October 8, 1844), was a Spanish noble, grand son of the Marquess of Ximenez de Tejada, knight of the Order of Malta, politician and historian. He was a spanish Senator and Director of the Spanish Royal Academy of History (1824-1844). He rediscovered Las Casas' abstract of the journal Columbus made on his first voyage. His main work is the \"Colección de los viages y descubrimientos que hicieron por mar los españoles desde fines del siglo XV\" - Collection of the voyages and discoveries made by the spaniards since the late 15th century- which is a vast work published in five volumes Fernández de Navarrete wrote by appointment of the Spanish Crown. This circumstance gave him the name of \"El Marino Historiador\", translated as \"The Marine Historian\". He was a member of all major Spanish and international Science and Arts Academies of his time.\"