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Santo Domingo.– Today January 26, marks the birthday of Juan Pablo Duarte, founding father of the Dominican nation.

During his early years he studied in Spain (1828-1833). Upon his return to the Dominican Republic, he found that young Dominicans were resentful of Haitian rule. In response to this unrest, he and several other patriots organized a secret society, La Trinitaria, to work toward independence and to stimulate liberalism.

His first attempt to oust the Haitians in 1843 collapsed, and he fled the country; but his followers succeeded in overthrowing the Haitians the next year.

In February 1844 Duarte returned, and the Dominican Republic proclaimed its independence.

It was not Duarte's followers, however, who ultimately triumphed, but a local caudillo (military dictator), Pedro Santana. The defeated Duarte was exiled and took up residence in Caracas.

He left Caracas for the Dominican Republic only once, during the War of Restoration (1864) against Spain, after which he was sent on a diplomatic mission for one year. Juan Pablo Duarte died in 1876.

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Written by: time2rize, 26 Jan 2008 12:39 PM
From: Dominican Republic
was Juan Pablo Duarte racist?
Written by: Lautaro, 26 Jan 2008 1:45 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Bring DT Forum Back
"Los blancos, morenos/Cobrizos, cruzados/Marchando serenos,/Unidos i osados,
La Patria salvemos/De viles tiranos/Y al mundo mostraremos/Que somos hermanos."
Juan Pablo Duarte

Do you really think that someone that thought like this deserves to be called a racist, mr. time2rize?
Written by: time2rize, 26 Jan 2008 2:03 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Relax Lautaro, it was just a question, the reason i asked is because i read different sources on how he inspired the KKK .
Written by: Lautaro, 26 Jan 2008 2:17 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Bring DT Forum Back
jjejejejej, no need to worry mr. time2rize. It's just that those people can't understand that Duarte's legacy have been hijacked by the very traitorous elites that fought against his democratic ideas to accomplish their own nefarious agendas, so it's annoying and frustrating for me to see how the people that sustain the idiotic and outright false claim of him being "the father of racism" go and smear the good name of someone who just doesn't deserve that.
Written by: RANCIER, 26 Jan 2008 5:03 PM
From: United States, N.J.
Let us see in details his accomplishments .
Son of wealthy Spaniards ,educated in Spain,inherited more than US2mn from his father's fortune
adquired as a merchant. Gave all this up to the cause of freedom from his mother land Spain.
How could any one refer to him as a racist when he could have spent all his money living lavishly
in Europe.
If any one was a racist was Santana who gave DR back to Spain, after driving the Haitians out of DR,by force and afraid they would return called back his Spain. After Duarte had invested all his fortune on independence live in exile in Caracas,Venezuela.
Had i been in his place knowing that France, Spain, the USA had interest in the Island to use it as a slave traiding post ,I would had taken my money and go some place else, since there was no winning proposition.To top it all Simon Bolivar betraded the man by accepting weapons from Haiti after the Haitinas drove the French out with the agreement he would look the other way." La Gran colombia"
Written by: DannyVC, 26 Jan 2008 5:41 PM
From: United States, New Jersey
May his memory live on forever.
Written by: JRRubirosa, 26 Jan 2008 7:24 PM
From: United States, Port Washington, LI (New York)
To Time2rize: maybe He was racist, WHO CARES?? He got the big guts(cojones) to give us our freedom and is all that matters.

Are You satisfied (sensitive without personality)
Written by: wents22, 26 Jan 2008 9:18 PM
From: United States, New York City
Juan Pablo Duarte, the founding father of the Dominican Republic. I am proud of his struggle to free the country, that goes to show you his passion for a succesful republic. in order to be as wise as many succesful rulers, one must have the knowledge to understand. Juan Pablo Duarte was an educated man, speaking many languages.
Written by: time2rize, 27 Jan 2008 12:27 PM
From: Dominican Republic

" maybe He was racist, WHO CARES!!" oh ok i guess that makes it all right. JR Please

And free from what, because as far as i see the Majority of the Dominicans are in The Struggle. So until the People break free from this, there is still no Freedom.

Anyways here are some links below that talk about Duarte being the father of Racism, and PEOPLE im not insinuating that he was a racist, im just bringing up a topic that took place at time were people of color were being massacre by whites.

I'm just curious to know if all that is taught in DR to the people is true , just like me being from the U.S. know that all that is taught in U.S. is not TRUE.;story_id=5408&format=print;partner=rssuserland&emc=rss
Written by: time2rize, 27 Jan 2008 3:05 PM
From: Dominican Republic
The Birth of a Nation (also known as The Clansman) is one of the most influential and controversial films in the history of American cinema. Set during the American Civil War and directed by D.W. Griffith, the film was released on February 8, 1915. It is important in film history for its innovative technical achievements and also for its controversial promotion of white supremacism and glorification of the Ku Klux Klan, which continues to actively use it as a recruiting tool.
The "Birth of A Nation" is based on Dixon's "The Clansman", a novel and play that heroically portrays the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan had actually been inspired by another white separtist group, La Trinitaria; which was formed in 1838 and had successfully created the white-christian run state of the Dominican Republic in 1844, after a race war with free blacks from Haiti. The next to last scene of Birth of a Nation is based directly on the actual battle between The Dominican Trinitarios and the Haitians.
Written by: JRRubirosa, 27 Jan 2008 8:01 PM
From: United States, Port Washington, LI (New York)
To time2rize: You lucky because in DR We are not so extremists, The comments that You make would be done in Turkey (saying anything negative about M. Kemal Ataturk) and you would be in deep trouble.

Who cares what you and your fellow hatians think or (MAKE UP) to discredited his memory the facts are written in history no on ilusions that you want to create.

Create once again your own (Haitians for Haiti today) or whatever and you could disrespect your family if you want to.

Say something derogatory to an american about George Washington and face the consecuences dear PHD in history.

You have big "GUTS" to tell me in my face all the BS about our founding father and even worse the Most educated people in latin america (The haitians) have a campaign against him same as Sonia Pierre create all her lies about DR.

Los trinitarios were the ones that gave us our freedom dear "KNOW EVERYTHING" so get another forum to talk.

Stop smoking and drinking............
Written by: Lautaro, 27 Jan 2008 8:31 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Bring DT Forum Back
Mr. Rubirosa, please calm down, time2rize was only stating what Taina Mirabal and others are thinking and sustaining. Just because he's posting those people's crap doesn't mean that he believes in any of it. Actually, people like Taina are giving us the once in a lifetime opportunity to dispel, once and for all, many of the lies that have been told about the real nature of the dominican people on the international level. It's up to the dominican state and society to take the opportunity and profit from it, otherwise things will remain the same, if not turn to the worse, because, if the DR don't take the chance and defend itself, the international community will believe that the lies have some ring of the truth in them, to our eternal embarrassment. As the saying goes: "El que calla otorga"
Written by: time2rize, 27 Jan 2008 8:53 PM
From: Dominican Republic
lol Thank You Lautaro

JRRudecosa does not seem to fully comprehend of what im saying.

By the way im a U.S. Born citizen, and now im a DR citizen, cause my Mom's Dominican.

LOL i dont drink or smoke pure natural high of life.

Peace bro lol
Written by: BASTA, 27 Jan 2008 11:25 PM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
Just put your self in the shoes of a free black 1843. And than the same black 1845 who now is a slave. Nice guy Durate! Also George was a slave holder. But than that were the times.Also nice guy.
Written by: ny4life, 27 Jan 2008 11:45 PM
From: United States, Respect Dominican sovereignty. No fusion on the island of Hispanola.
Juan Pablo Duarte, Dios, Patria y Libertad! DR 4 Life baby!!
Written by: DannyVC, 28 Jan 2008 1:24 AM
From: United States, New Jersey
Viva Duarte! 1844 baby, the birth of of a nation.
Written by: JRRubirosa, 28 Jan 2008 6:22 AM
From: United States, Port Washington, LI (New York)
I was reading a book today in a library and was shocked and mesmerized to find out that Dessalines and Boyer used to rape Women for fun and also kill children and laugh about it.

I knew there was a connection between these 2 people and the country that they started.

Was surprising to me to find out the brutal and inhumane way that they used to go to places and kidnapped women and then used them as sexual property.
Written by: JRRubirosa, 28 Jan 2008 6:24 AM
From: United States, Port Washington, LI (New York)
What about child molesters too?? so sorry the big issue but I'm still in shock
Written by: JRRubirosa, 28 Jan 2008 6:24 AM
From: United States, Port Washington, LI (New York)
Were Dessalines and Boyer Rapist?????
Written by: JRRubirosa, 28 Jan 2008 6:25 AM
From: United States, Port Washington, LI (New York)
They have dreams of making white poeple their slaves
Written by: BASTA, 28 Jan 2008 6:52 AM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
the rapes and killings were of course taught by the french. just wait and see what happened to a runaway slave. Like scalping in the US which came from the English.
Written by: Lautaro, 28 Jan 2008 8:15 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Bring DT Forum Back
I thought that the native redskins were the only ones to practice scalping on the US, mr. Basta.
Written by: time2rize, 28 Jan 2008 5:58 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Nice Drop DannyVC
Written by: dagtan, 28 Jan 2008 9:59 PM
From: United States, New York City
JRRubirosa, have you ever visited the organisacion duartiana in NYC. If not,do yourself a favor.
Written by: JRRubirosa, 29 Jan 2008 9:24 AM
From: United States, Port Washington, LI (New York)
To Dagtan: thanks for the advice I would give a try sooner or later.........."Love and Peace"
Written by: arcatype This user is banned, 8 Apr 2008 4:03 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Seriously people wether Duarte was a racist or not is not the question to ponder, the events themselves will tell you that racial and cultural anomosities existed between these two different nations. One a former colony ruled by the french used strictly for slavery becoming the most wealthy colony attributed to slave labor, the other colony ruled by the spanish having the first settlement in the western hemisphere the city or town of Santo Domingo with not as many slaves. Jean Jacques Dessalines and King Henri Christophe of Haiti they targeted whites in 1805, they gathered their troops and slaughtered 1,000's of people in the Cibao region on the eastern side of the island arent they racist also? The occupation of the future Dominican Republic was that of Haiti in 1822 a nation comprised mostly by former blacks slaves. The future Dominican Republic at that time had a white majority population. But haiti's population was double the size of the future Dominican Republic.
Written by: eddiearkadian, 26 Jan 2009 3:05 PM
From: United States, Chicago, IL
God Bless Duarte & Remember Monte Grande:

For those that value the memory of Juan Pablo Duarte and ideals upon which DR was founded, watch part of this lecture by Silvio Torres-Saillant, starting around 54:45.
He gives a good overview of the independence. You may have to open it on real player depending on your settings, but it is WELL worth it!
Click on: "Click to view video from this event"

There's also read this book review by Torres-Saillant , that mentions Duarte and the origin of DR (pg 4-6):

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