Costa Rica: A Global Studies Handbook

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CHAPTER ONE
Geography and History

Costa Rica’s natural beauty has impressed travelers since Christopher Columbus came ashore on his fourth voyage to the New World in 1502. His son, Hernando, wrote that the island off Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, where the ships landed, was the finest place they had yet seen. “[T]his was because the land was high with many rivers and abundant tall trees,” he explained, “and because this island was so extremely leafy and filled with woodlands of huge trees, palmettos and wild almonds, as well as many other species. For this reason, the Admiral called it the Garden” (Colón 1947, 280). Yet if it was the verdant landscape that first caught the Spaniards’ attention, it was their hope of finding gold there that held it. By around 1539, the Spanish invaders, still hoping (too optimistically, as it turned out) for rich deposits of gold and silver, came to call this bit of America “Costa Rica,” or “Rich Coast” (Solorzano Fonseca 1992, 318).

Costa Rica still catches one’s attention for many reasons, not the least of which is its spot on the map. It is a small, narrow country that occupies a very interesting geographical position: between two continents and between two oceans. It covers only 51,100 square kilometers and lies entirely within the tropics—between 8 and 11 degrees north of the equator. It is bounded by Nicaragua to the north and by Panama to the south. In its natural state today Costa Rica would be almost completely forested; only 30 square kilometers are above the tree line (Hall 1985, 22). There is no country whose development has been completely determined by its geographical location and climate; this would be far too simplistic. However, geography and climate are always important elements not only of the natural world but

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Series Editor’s Foreword ix
  • Preface xiii
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • Maps xix
  • Part One - Narrative Section 1
  • Chapter One - Geography and History 3
  • Chapter Two - The Costa Rican Economy 93
  • Chapter Three - Politics and Institutions 169
  • Chapter Four - Society and Culture 227
  • Part Two - Reference Section 293
  • Key Events in Costa Rican History 295
  • Significant People, Institutions, Places, and Events 303
  • Costa Rican Language, Food, and Etiquette 321
  • Costa Rica–Related Organizations 333
  • Annotated Bibliography of Recommended Works on Costa Rica 345
  • Index 355
  • About the Authors 367
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