Birth and Childhood

The very birth of Don Pedro can be confusing. What is his actual birthdate? Is it the 12th of September 1891, or is it the 29th of June 1893? Why are both used in different places, and where does the confusion come from?

Little is known about what Don Pedro’s childhood was like. What do we know about his school experience in Puerto Rico? Has anything been said about what kind of student he was?

The Birth Of Don Pedro

His Parents Don Pedro’s parents are Juliana Campos Campos and Alejandro Albizu y Romero. They have significantly different origins that converged in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Juliana was born in 1857 in Ponce’s neighboring town of Juana Díaz, presumably into an enslaved status. Her mother, Ana María, was an enslaved woman of African descent that worked…

Early Success In School

Choosing To Attend School Attending school at the time that Don Pedro was born apparently was not a given for him. Under his aunt Rosa’s care, he was not immediately enrolled in school when he was of school age. In her biography on Don Pedro, historian Marisa Rosado states that he entered school at the…