This is a statue dedicated to the memory of General Gregorio Luperon. It's found very near the Forteleza San Felipe in Puerto Plata. If you travel much in the Dominican Republic you will find that almost every city/town have some similiar roads: Duarte, Sanchez, Mella, 30 de Marzo, 27 de Febrero, Luperon, etc. One of these is General Gregorio Luperon (he's also on a 20 peso note...if they still use them). I had to clone out a street light and a power pole on the right side.
Gregorio Luperon was a native son of Puerto Plata, the offspring of a Dominican Father and an English Mother born in 1839. He was relatively poor growing up and uneducated and had to sell Pina (pineapple) on the streets to help feed the family. He worked in his youth for a carpenter who gave him access to his library. He was largely self trained, taught, and motivated.
On February 27, 1844 a group of people led by Duarte, Sanchez, and Mella declared independance from Haiti and formed an independant Dominican nation. In 1861 a group of people gave the independance that they had fought for back to Haiti, desiring to be a colony. Gregorio Luperon didn't appreciate this and felt that Haiti was unduly harsh on the new territoty. He protested and fought against it. He was 22 at the time. He was jailed, exiled to Haiti and later to the US.
In 1863, Gregorio Luperon returned to his native land via Monti Cristi and led a successful uprising in Sabaneta against the Haitian occupying forces. He continued to fight and lead his people, mostly untrained peasant rebels against a highly effective, well trained, and disciplined army. He was so determined, committed, and effective that he led the way in winning freedom for his country from Haiti in 1865. He continued to serve and fight for his country, protecting it from those who would do it damage, both inside and outside the island nation until his death in 1897. He is truly a Dominican Patriot, an real American Hero.
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optik (14) 2004-10-04 11:56
Bonzer chap, chap.
hdl (7035) 2004-10-04 16:46
Technically speaking this picture is perfect: good colours, good sharpness and perfect centering. You prove that you're no beginner. But I see that you center a lot of your pictures (I did that too in the beginning) and that's not very positive for the composition. By doing it, you prevent depth in the picture. Try off-centering a subject and give us some of that beautiful nature; it will improve a lot. Just give it a try. Excellent, interesting and very extensive note.
supereira (9576) 2004-10-05 4:07
Good colors and good contrast between them.Good POV,framing and prespective.Good textures and light.
Kenny10pin (19301) 2004-10-08 10:15
interesting sculpture, good details and well taken, well done
Emile (20352) 2004-10-08 22:39
Muy buena foto Robert. Una pequeña correccion en tu excelente reseña historica, nuestra independencia fue declarada en la fecha y personajes que tu indicas excepto que fue en contra de Haiti. Los haitianos habian invadido nuestro pais 22 años antes.
Aqui aprendemos todos los dias, no sabia el por que de no centralizar las fotos, hdl nos presenta una muy buena explicacion. Gracias a los dos.
sergecross (3438) 2005-07-06 14:02
Robert, great picture, nice point of view and good colors.