Friday, May 24, 2024

Grito de Lares I


Caption and poster credits: Fireworks.
Additional documentation thanks to Freedom Archives

The Grito de Lares in 1886, also referred to as the Lares rebellion, was the first major revolt against Spanish rule in Puerto Rico. The Grito de Lares was led by Ramon Emeterio Betances and Segundo Ruiz Belvis. The Lares flag was designed by Betances and made by Mariana Bracetti.  Bracetti, known as Brazo de Oro (Golden Arm) was the leader of the “Lares’ Revolutionary Council.” Another leader, Lola Rodriguez de Tió was also a poet.  Inspired by the uprising, she wrote patriotic lyrics to the existing tune of “La Borinqueña” She believed in women’s rights, was committed to the abolition of slavery, and the independence of Puerto Rico. Today, Lola Rodriguez de Tio’s “La Borinqueña” is considered the national anthem of Puerto Rico.

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