Juana Navarro was born in San Antonio de Bexar. While her exact birthdate is not known she was baptized on December 28, 1812. Her mother died in 1831, she was adopted by her cousin Ursula. In 1832, she married Alejo who was a relative of the family which had founded Victoria, Texas.
She was at the Alamo when Santa Anna arrived to lay siege to the mission. Following the second day of the siege William Travis sent her to Santa Anna’s headquarters to negotiate an honorable surrender for the Alamo defenders. She returned to the Alamo giving Travis the news of their talks. The next day Santa Anna’s forces overwhelmed the defenders sparing seven women and seven children.
In 1857, she was granted a pension for her services before and during the siege. She died in 1888.
What you may not know about Juana Navarro Alsbury is that the co-commander of the Texian forces James Bowie collapsed from illness on the second day of the siege. She served as a nurse to him throughout the remainder of the siege.
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