was born on February 27, 1924, the anniversary of the Dominican Republic's
independence. For this reason she was given the name "Patria" which
means "fatherland." Patria had an affinity for painting and art. She
was sent to Colegio Inmaculada Concepción, a Catholic boarding
school in La Vega, at the age of fourteen, along with her sisters Dedé
and Minerva. At seventeen, Patria married Pedro Gonzalez, a farmer.
They had four children: Nelson Enrique, Noris Mercedes, Raul Ernesto,
and Juan Antonio (who sadly died five months after his birth). For their
part in the attempts to overthrow Trujillo, the ever-religious Patria
and the anti-trujillista Pedro had their property and home seized by
the government. Nonetheless, Patria supported her sister Minerva in
her anti-government efforts, and opposed Trujillo because she was concerned
for the future of the country's children.
cannot allow our children to grow up in this corrupt and tyrannical regime,
we have to fight against it, and I am willing to give up everything, including
my life if necessary."
Patria Mercedes Mirabal