Pedro Pascasio Martinez Rojas, is the 12 year old boy hero of Colombian Independence. Born on October 20, 1807, in Belén, Boyacá, to a VERY POOR peasant family. He became enamored of the idea of liberty.
His whole family worked for one of the wealthy land owning families of Belén, the family of Juan Jose Leyva. Even at his young age, Pedro Pascasio was expected to serve the Leyva family. In his capacity as servant, Pedro Pascasio overheard his employer and his Criollo friends discuss Bolivar's progress and their hopes for liberty from what they considered to be Spanish tyranny.
Pedro was inspired by their revolutionary conversations. He wanted nothing more than to join Bolivar. But, no one would take him seriously. He was just a child.
This is the monument in honor of Pedro Pascasio and El Negro José that is found not too far (about 1/2 mile) from Puente Boyacá. It has been placed near the Piedra de Barreiro. Worth a stop if you decide to follow my Been There, Done That -- liberty weekend trip while in Colombia.