On January 26 the Dominican Republic celebrates Duarte Day.
This day honors Juan Pablo Duarte who is considered to be one of the architects of the independent Dominican Republic.
Juan Pablo Duarte was born on January 26, 1813 in Santo Domingo.
At the time the Captaincy General of Santo Domingo belonged to Spain. In 1821, the Creole elite defeated Spanish colonialists and established the Republic of Spanish Haiti. Thus the Haitian occupation of Santo Domingo began.
In 1844 the Dominican Republic became an independent state.
Duarte's birthday is observed as an official day of remembrance and public holiday in the Dominican Republic.