Costa Rica: A Global Studies Handbook by Meg Tyler Mitchell Ph.D., Scott Pentzer Ph.D.

By Meg Tyler Mitchell Ph.D., Scott Pentzer Ph.D.

Costa Rica: an international stories guide bargains readers an authoritative travel of a striking nation, tracing its historic improvement from pre-Colombian population and Spanish colonization via emerging prosperity within the mid-19th century to present struggles to outline itself economically and politically.

Costa Rica combines narrative chapters at the nation's background and the present country of its political, social, and cultural associations with alphabetically prepared entries overlaying vital humans, areas, and occasions in its improvement. all through, the authors, drawing on wide examine and their very own reviews, spotlight the various methods Costa Rica isn't the same as its acquaintances, in addition to the demanding situations the rustic faces within the twenty first century's globalized world.

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In Costa Rica, most of this precipitation falls on the eastern side of the central mountains. Because of the trade winds, the Caribbean has no strictly defined dry season; it may rain at any time of the year, although the months likely to be drier are March to April and September to October. In the Central Valley and on the Pacific side of the country, where the effect of the trade winds is moderated by the mountains and by air currents coming from the west, the rainy season is more defined. It lasts from around May to November in the north and from April to December in the south.

The cacicazgos possessed a degree of social and political centralization that allowed for the organization of permanent leadership, communal labor, and trade. Society was characterized by a hierarchy linked through kinship and marriage relations and cemented by ties of exchange and reciprocity. Reciprocity within each clan and between the various clans was the principle that united indigenous society. Although society functioned communally, not everyone was equal; instead, an attempt was made to maintain equilibrium in social relationships.

While some indigenous people were living outside the villages at that time, particularly in the zones of refuge in the northern plains and the southern Talamancas, there were never many. com ABC-CLIO 1-800-368-6868 36 C O S TA R I CA : A Global Studies Handbook 18th century for a new burst of economic activity. The boom came in the form of production of cacao—the plant from which chocolate is made—on the Atlantic slope. For twenty-five years, the Indians captured in the Talamanca region were forced to work on the cacao plantations.

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