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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Costa Rica by DK Eyewitness

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A Brief

History

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t Early map showing Costa Rica.

Costa Rica has been shaped by a mysterious ancient past and the early adoption of democracy. The country’s declaration of neutrality in 1948, following a brief civil war, continues to forge its identity as a stable democratic nation determined to leave an eco-positive legacy.

Pre-Columbian Costa Rica

Costa Rica was settled by nomadic groups moving between Mexican and Peruvian civilizations, around 8000 BC. These groups spread across Costa Rica, establishing small fishing and farming communities along the coasts and in the central highlands. While no ...

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