Historical Events in Costa Rica from 1824 to 1987.

  • Slavery

    Slavery is abolished throughout the Costa Rican territory since 1824.
  • Annexation

    The Partido de Nicoya was annexed to Costa Rica. Its territory today is part of the Province of Guanacaste.
  • First President

    First President
    Jose Maria Castro Madriz became the first president of the Republic of Costa Rica in the period from 1848 to 1849.
  • Battle of Rivas

    Battle of Rivas
    The battle of Rivas was fought in which the national hero named Juan Santamaria died.
  • Death Penalty

    Death Penalty
    The death penalty was abolished during the mandate of General Tomas Guardia.
  • Electric Lighting

    Electric Lighting
    The city of San Jose became the first Latin American city and third in the world to have electric lighting.
  • Civil War

    Civil War
    The Civil War develop because the congress annulled the elections that Otilio Ulate Blanco won over Rafael Calderon Guardia.
  • Nobel Peace Prize

    Nobel Peace Prize
    The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to President Oscar Arias Sanchez.