Monday, January 26, 2015
Juan Pablo Duarte Day
Monday, 26 January is a holiday in the Dominican Republic. It celebrates the birthday of the nation's founding father, Juan Pablo Duarte. Duarte was born in 1813 and his affluent family sent him to Europe from 1828 to 1833 for his education. On his return he made it his mission to free the eastern part of Hispaniola from Haitian domination and organized the secret society La Trinitaria to work towards this goal. The movement succeeded in 1844, but Duarte lost power and died in exile in Venezuela in 1876.