In 1863 Costa Rica had just defeated the United States soldier of fortune William Walker (1857) and was consolidating her stability as an independent republic. Exports of coffee to Great Britain were steadily increasing in importance, and the economy was being transformed from a mere subsistence agriculture. The new prosperity was leading to the emergence of a moneyed class and some urbanization.
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Books of Reference
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