Costa Rica

  • Period: Jan 1, 1502 to

    Costa Rica

  • Sep 18, 1502

    Christopher Columbus

    More Background Info Christopher Columbus goes on his fourth and final voyage. He left 52 Jewish famililes there.
  • Independence

    More Information on Costa Rica's Independence The captain general in Guatemala declared independence for its provinces: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Handuras, Nicaragua, San Salvador, and Chiappas.
  • Defeat in a Civil War

    The United Provinces of Central America were defeated in a Civil War. The provinces disolved into four states. El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.
  • Battle of Rivas

    More Information on Battle of Rivas At the Battle of Rivas Coasta Rica beat the invading Nicaraguans.
  • Invasion

    The U.S. marines invaded Costa Rica.
  • National Republicans

    The national republicans who held power in Costa Rica for decades, were voted out of presidency.
  • End of Military

    President Jose Figueres Ferrer President Jose Figueres Ferrer ended the military after the victory in the Civil War.
  • Volcanic Eruption

    Ways to see the volcano A valcano that was dormant for 450 years erupts killing 95 people and wiping out the village of Tabacon.
  • CIA

    The CIA told Congress in 1987 that it had concluded in Nov, 1984 that it could not resume aid to the Costa Rican-based Contras because “everybody around Pastora was involved in cocaine.”
  • Earthquake

    More information on the Earthquake Sixty people were killed when a strong earthquake shook Costa Rica and neighboring Panama, causing millions of dollars’ worth of damage.
  • President Elections

    In Costa Rica Miguel Angel Rodriguez of the Social Christian Unity Party won the presidential elections by a narrow margin over Jose Miguel Corrales of the National Liberation party. Also elected were 2 vice-presidents, 57 members of the Legislative Assembly and 571 mayors.
  • Chagne Of Constitution

    Costa Rica changed its constitution to allow former presidents to stand again.
  • Presidential Scandal

    Former Costa Rica Pres. Rafael Angel Calderon was detained in connection with a corruption investigation. He was charged with distributing and taking a share of a commission of some $9 million connected to the supply of medical equipment. He was under investigation for allegedly receiving nearly $500,000 from a Finnish government loan to Costa Rica for the purchase of medicines.
  • Regional Special Forces

    In Honduras Central American leaders agreed to create a regional special forces unit to fight drug trafficking, gang violence and terrorism within their borders. The 2-day regional meeting included the presidents of Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama.
  • Trade Agreement

    Dominican Republic legislators overwhelmingly approved a free-trade agreement with the US and five Central American countries, rejecting arguments that the pact would devastate the domestic sugar industry. The other five countries are Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Costa Rica and Nicaragua had not yet ratified the pact.
  • Oscar Arias

    In Costa Rica results from the Feb 5 elections indicated that Oscar Arias, a free trade proponent, had won Costa Rica's presidential election by 18,167 votes, one of the country's closest races ever.
  • Free Trade Agreement

    Costa Rica's president signed into law a free trade agreement with its Central American neighbors, the United States and the Dominican Republic. Costa Ricans voted for the trade deal in a national referendum, moving it forward. But then it became stalled again as congress squabbled over the enabling legislation dealing with 13 different aspects of the deal. In late 2008 lawmakers overcame the final intellectual-property hurdle by allowing schools and universities to copy some materials a
  • Laura Chinchilla

    Biography of Laura Chinchilla Costa Rica held elections and elected its first woman president. Laura Chinchilla, a mother and a social conservative, who opposed abortion and gay marriage, won 47% of the vote after campaigning to continue free market policies.