Costa Rica: A Global Studies Handbook

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Key Events in Costa Rican
History
3 million years agoThe land bridge between North and South America closes, separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Pacific Ocean and creating what is now Panama and Costa Rica.
30,000– 12,000 B.C.Hunter-gatherer peoples cross the Bering Strait and begin to move south. There is still much debate over exactly when and how this happened. The date seems to get pushed further and further back, and some scientists now suggest that people may have moved south by sea, staying close to the coast, as well as overland.
12,000– 8,000 B.C.Earliest human settlements are established in the region that would become Costa Rica.
4,000– 1,000 B.C.Settled village groups in Costa Rica begin to practice agriculture.
Around A.D. 1,000The high point of the culture centered at Guayabo in northeastern Costa Rica.
1502Columbus lands on the Caribbean coast on his fourth voyage to the New World.
1523The Spanish establish their first permanent settlement in the Pacific region at Villa Brusellas.
1564The city of Cartago is founded for the first time.

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Costa Rica: A Global Studies Handbook
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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