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Costa Rica
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1. The Country and Its History

Costa Rica is a Central American republic with neighbors Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. The people are mostly of Catalan, Basque, and Galician descent.

The first Europeans arrived in Costa Rica in 1502, and within the century the area had become part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain (Colonialism). In 1821 Costa Rica and other parts of Central America joined Mexico in declaring their independence fr…

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Meléndez, Guillermo and Prien, Hans-Jürgen, “Costa Rica”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 25 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C1345>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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