Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. – Although many insist on seeing the patrician Juan Pablo Duarte as an immaculate and pure being, unable to succumb to the most human passions, the reality is that Duarte loved much in his life. The couple’s love was no stranger, because at the age of 23 he was engaged for the first time.
In the book “Apuntes duartianos“, the historian Pedro Troncoso Sánchez details that it was in 1836 when the young Juan Pablo came over the natural and inevitable.
“He fell in love with María Antonieta Bobadilla and she corresponded to him,” he said. The Duarte Museum retains the ring it gave Bobadilla as a sign of commitment.
José Joaquín Pérez Saviñón, historian, comments on the outcome of the first love story of the patrician: “For reasons that are unknown, the commitment was broken.” But Duarte would have the opportunity to fall in love again, this time from a descendant of Catalans and a relative of several patriots, Prudencia Lluberes, La Nona.
Troncoso Sánchez says in “Duartian Notes” that “this second bride received, as the first, her promise of marriage symbolized in a ring.”
But, says Pérez Saviñón, this second relationship was the most beautiful of his life, but succumbs to his hectic existence.
In “Romantic Duarte”, the speech of entry into the Duartian Institute of Emilio Rodríguez Demorizi, the historian describes how the patriotic vocation did not allow him lasting relationships. “In Duarte there is not a single volitional element that can be separated from its romantic ideal, from its ideal of Fatherland (…) Even when love briefly chains him, again and again, the Fatherland is present and stands victorious.”
“Nona” Luberes, eternal crush
Always pursued by his ideals, Duarte loved, but could not continue with Prudencia “Nona” Lluberes. Pérez Saviñón comments that Yovanny Ferrúa wrote an article highlighting that already in exile, Duarte wanted to marry her by proxy, but they didn’t leave him because he already had tuberculosis. “They even broke the letters he sent for fear of contagion, so they don’t keep love letters from Duarte,” says the president of the Duartian Institute.
Pérez Saviñón says Prudencia always waited and dreamed of the Father of the country.
He never married. “When they brought the remains of Duarte, Nona lived in front of the Colón park and they took her out to the balcony, already blind, very old and it is said that she said:‘ Up to here I have followed you Juan Pablo ’, and after a few months he died,” he narrates.
A female lover
In the “Notes of Rosa Duarte”, of the Duartian Institute, edition and notes of Emilio Rodríguez Demorizi, Carlos Larrazábal Blanco and Vetilio Alfau Durán, a curious passage is highlighted during the stay of Juan Pablo Duarte in Hamburg, city of Germany, where he arrived in October 1844, after being exiled by Pedro Santana.
After attending various activities and visiting the most representative monuments of the city, Duarte says: “I owe to the high society hamburger, or if you want, to the aristocracy, many tests of esteem and respect; considering that I was suffering for my homeland attracted me many sympathies even in beautiful sex.
Burgers are friendly, but what makes them friendlier is that they combine kindness with decorum. ”
Although little is known about his life in Venezuela, the director of the Duartian Institute refers to the existence of a Venezuelan (who apparently did not succumb to the patrician’s charms) to whom Duarte dedicated, in exile, the poem “Supplication”, whose Verses pray: “If your eyes see me lovingly / I will finish my sorrows in good / then you will remove from my temple / the crown that girdles with abrojos”.
While the country maintains the version that Duarte never married and much less had children, Bulletin 117 of the General Archive of the Nation, called “The Duarte family. Genealogy at the service of history ”, Antonio José Guerra Sánchez refers to the Theories of the descendants of Juan Pablo Duarte Díez.
Guerra Sánchez says: “At different times, some authors (among whom the journalist and historian, originally from Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Luis Padilla D’Onis are cited), have tried to indicate the descent of Patricio Juan Pablo Duarte, through his cousin Vicenta Díez, in her daughters Carmen Sandalia and Sinforosa Duarte Díez ”. However, he adds that it is unknown that there was a Vicenta Diez and even less is known which of the brothers of the mother of the hero was a daughter.
What is certain is that Duarte did not marry, and according to Pérez Saviñón did not do it “because he clearly said that he had married the homeland, all his cares were for the Homeland. The love for the country was superior to everything, even being already a defeated old man, he still thought of the country. He sacrificed himself for his spirit of service, ”he says.