Costa Rica

  • John Paxton
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Part of the Spanish Viceroyalty of New Spain from 1540, Costa Rica (the ‘Rich Coast’) formed part of Central America when the latter acquired independence on 15 Sept. 1821. Central America seceded to Mexico on 5 Jan. 1822 until 1 July 1823, when it became an independent confederation as the United Provinces of Central America. The province of Guanacaste was acquired from Nicaragua in 1825. Costa Rica left the confederation and achieved full independence in 1838. The first Constitution was promulgated on 7 Dec. 1871.

República de Costa Rica


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Books of Reference

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