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Author Dendinger, Roger.
Title Costa Rica / Roger Dendinger.
Pub Info Philadelphia : Chelsea House Publishers, c2003.
book jacket
 West Yarmouth-Children's  J 972.86 DEN     AVAILABLE
Descript 111 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 25 cm.
Series Modern world nations
Modern world nations.
Note Accelerated Reader MG 10.1 4 4 68713
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (p. 104-105) and index.
Contents Introducing Costa Rica -- Natural landscapes -- Costa Rica through time -- People and culture -- Government -- Economy -- Regional contrasts -- Costa Rica looks ahead.
Summary For the first 300 years of its settlement by Europeans, Costa Rica was an out-of-the-way place in the Spanish New world. Along with its Central American neighbors, Costa Rica shared a language, a religion, and the colonial experience. But Costa Ricans have made something very different out of those common cultural elements and their shared physical geography. What separates the country from its neighbors is a combination of luck and vision. Luck has been important, but intelligent foresight, or vision, has also shaped the country. Generations of politicians and civic leaders have quietly worked to develop democratic institutions and a sense of national identity that makes Costa Rica exceptional, not just in the context of Central America, but throughout the world. These same leaders saw the economic potential of undeveloped mountains, tropical beaches, and unspoiled rain forests. Today, Costa Rica has an international reputation for ecological diversity that makes it a natural attraction for tourists and a pioneer in the development of ecotourism.
Subject Costa Rica -- Juvenile literature.
Costa Rica.
ISBN 0791072428
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