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The Mirabal Sisters

By: Alexis Gordon & Amber Green

Alexis Gordon

on 22 January 2013

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The Mirabal Sisters By: Alexis Gordon & Amber Green The four sisters known as the Mirabals were influential women who lived in Dominican Republic called Salcedo during the new time period under the rule of the dictator Rafael Trujillo.
The three sisters that died by risking their lives to overthrow the unrightfully controlled government were Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa.
The only Mirabal sister left is still alive today and is known as Dede. She still lives in Salcedo and tends to the museum in memory of her sisters. (The Mirabals)
The Mirabal sisters were all very educated and were raised in a wealthy family until Trujillo came to power and took everything away from them. (An Introduction and Brief History of the Sisters)
“The Mirabal sisters, now national heroines of the Dominican Republic, have been immortalized in poem, fiction, art, and even with an international day dedicated to them” (The Mirabals). Introduction Patria was born on February 27, 1924, which is also the date of the anniversary of the Dominican Republic's independence. Therefore, she was named "Patria" which means "fatherland”. She eventually died on November 25, 1960.
""We 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” (PATRIA MERCEDES MIRABAL).
Patria married Pedro Gonzalez at the young age of 17. They had four children named Nelson Enrique, Noris Mercedes, Raul Ernesto, and Juan Antonio (who died at the age of 5 months).
For their efforts in trying to overthrow Trujillo, Patria and Pedro had their property and home seized by the government.
Regardless of these actions by the government, Patria continued to support her sister Minerva in her anti-Trujillo movements to overthrow the government. (PATRIA MERCEDES MIRABAL) Patria Mercedes Mirabal The second oldest Mirabal sister is also known as Dede and was born on March 1, 1925. (sisters)
Dede is still alive today and presently lives in Salcedo, Hermanas MirabalSalcedo, Dominican Republic.
She works hard to preserve the memory of her sisters’ heroic movements against Trujillo’s dictatorship through the museum 'Museo Hermanas Mirabal‘.
The museum is also located in Salcedo, Hermanas MirabalSalcedo, Dominican Republic. (MIRABAL SISTERS)
“She has written her first and only book 'Vivas en El Jardín', released on August 25th, 2009” (MIRABAL SISTERS).
‘Vivas en El Jardin’ is Spanish for ‘Living in the Garden’. Bélgica Adela Mirabal-Reyes The third Mirabal sister goes by her middle name of Minerva. She was born on March 12, 1926 and died on November 25, 1960.(sisters)
“Minerva was famous for saying "....it is a source of happiness to do whatever can be done for our country that suffers so many anguishes, it is sad to stay with one's arms crossed...“” (Minerva Argentina Mirabal).
She was always an intelligent child and could recite French poets by the age of 7 and attended the University of Santo Domingo and there she met her future husband Manuel (Manolo) Tavarez Justo.
In 1949, she was taken to the capital and then placed under house arrest.
Minerva was also influenced by the changes in other countries around her such as the Luperion Invasion and the revolution in Cuba. (Minerva Argentina Mirabal) María Argentina Minerva Mirabal The youngest Mirabal sister is most commonly known as Maria Teresa. She was born on October 15, 1935 and died at a young age of 25. She admired her sister’s actions against the government and soon became involved herself and followed her older sister Minerva’s beliefs.
“Maria was famous for saying ".....perhaps what we have most near is death, but that idea does not frighten me, we shall continue to fight for that which is just..“” (Maria Teresa Mirabal).
On February 14 1958 she married Leandro Guzman and soon after she had their first child on February 17, 1959 named Jaquelin.
On January 22, 1960, she and her sister Miverva were arrested and taken to La Cuarenta. This was a very harsh prison and later they were transferred another harsh prison by the government called La Victoria prison
They were freed on February 7 1960, unfortunately the two sisters were sent back to La Caurenta shortly after because they were found guilty by "threatening the security of the State".
They were once again freed from the prison 5 months later. Unfortunately she died in contributions of continuing to fight against the government 3 months after they were freed from the prison. (Maria Teresa Mirabal) Antonia María Teresa Mirabal Works Cited (INSIDE POLITICS: THE MIRABAL SISTERS OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC) (Minerva Mirabal) (Patria Mirabal) (Dede Mirabal) (Mate Mirabal) "An Introduction and Brief History of the Sisters." Mirabal Sisters of The Dominican Republic. N.p., 2007. Web. 20 Jan. 2013. <http://www.therealdr.com/dominican-republic-history/mirabal-sisters-of-the-dominican-republic.html>.
“Minerva Argentina Mirabal." Mirabal Sisters of The Dominican Republic. N.p., 2007. Web. 20 Jan. 2013. <http://www.therealdr.com/dominican-republic-history/mirabal-sisters-of-the-dominican-republic.html>.
“Maria Teresa Mirabal." Mirabal Sisters of The Dominican Republic. N.p., 2007. Web. 20 Jan. 2013. <http://www.therealdr.com/dominican-republic-history/mirabal-sisters-of-the-dominican-republic.html>.
“The Mirabals.” N.p., 1999. Web. 20 Jan. 2013. <http://www.learntoquestion.com/seevak/groups/2000/sites/mirabal/English/index.html>.
"PATRIA MERCEDES MIRABAL." Inside The Cocoon The Mirabal Sisters' Childhood. Mirabal Sisters Foundation, n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2013.<http://www.learntoquestion.com/seevak/groups/2000/sites/mirabal/English/Cocoon/childhood2.html>.
“MIRABAL SISTERS." Encyclopedia Online VIII. VIII ed. N.d. Encyclopedia Online. 2008. Web. 20 Jan. 2013. <http://www.iss2010symposium.com/index.php/term/,9da4ab975b5458a0ae535d6c60a5a265ae5d535492a2a361a2535fa06da8a85c716da7a4b15f60a5665453635eafb061666e53626bac9f62.xhtml>.
"Sisters." Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirabal_sisters>.
Wessel, Evan. "Minerva Mirabal." N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2013. <http://seekeranddestroyer.wix.com/minervamirabal>.
"INSIDE POLITICS: THE MIRABAL SISTERS OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC." N.p., 2013. Web. 21 Jan. 2013. <http://www.mynameisbiancastar.com/2011/05/inside-politics-mirabal-sisters-of.html>.
"Patria Mirabal." N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2013. <http://home.messiah.edu/~cb1341/page%201.html>.
"Dede Mirabal." Kelsey Martel, n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2013. <>.
"Mate Mirabal." N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2013. <http://home.messiah.edu/~cb1341/page%203.html>.
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