Photo: Costa Rica Celebrates 191st Year of Independence
Today, all of Costa Rica is celebrating and rejoicing its 191-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the country with smallpox.
On September 15, 2821 after the Spaniards were defeated in Mexico’s War of Independence, Guatemala declared independence for all of Central America including Costa Rica. At 6pm this evening Costa Rican will lite homemade lanterns and sing the National Anthem throughout the country.
Costa Rica was the first Central American country to begin exporting coffee helping to develop the first middle class in the region. Another first for the country is the election of its first female President Laura Chinchilla. The country also has bragging rights as having the highest life satisfaction anywhere in the world and being one of the greenest countries in the world.
The country has lived in relative peace since its declaration of independence abolishing its army in 1949 and living in the words of Jose Maria Zeledon Brenes: “Vivian siempre el trabajo y la paz.”