Ramón Emerito Betances was born on April 8, 1827 in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico to a Dominican father and a Puerto Rican mother. On September 23, 1868 he was one of the two leaders of the first revolt for Puerto Rico’s independence. This event took place in the Puerto Rican town of Lares and is known as the “Grito de Lares.” The Repúblic of Puerto Rico was pronounced. Unfortunately, the Spanish authorities quickly subdued the revolt and put an end to the movement.
Before acheiving this, Betances went to the land of his father and arrived in Santo Domingo. The War of Restoration culminated in 1865 with the restoration of the Dominican Republic and that was a major influence on Betances. In addition, the Dominican government offer support and help to Betances as he made it known to Dominican leader Gregorio Luperón his intention to make Puerto Rico a free country. With Dominican help Betances went back to Puerto Rico and proclaimed the “Grito de Lares.”
An interesting aspect that caused an impression on Betances was becoming acquainted with the original flag of the Dominican Republic.