BC: The End
FC: Costa Rica
1: Geography/ Climate | Found in Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama. In comparison Costa Rica is about the same size as West Virginia. Has mainly tropical and subtropical climates; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands
2: Main Agricultural Products | The main traditional agricultural exports of Costa Rica are bananas, coffee, sugar, and beef. | beef | sugar cane
3: bananas | coffee beans | Costa Rica is also know for harvesting chocolate | chocolate tree
4: Main language/religious influences | Spanish (official), English | Roman Catholic 76.3%, Evangelical 13.7%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.3%, other Protestant 0.7%, other 4.8%, none 3.2%
5: Historical information | Explored by the Spanish early in the 16th century, initial attempts at colonizing Costa Rica proved unsuccessful due to a combination of factors, including: disease from mosquito-infested swamps, brutal heat, resistance by natives, and pirate raids. It was not until 1563 that a permanent settlement of Cartago was established in the cooler, fertile central highlands. Remained a colony for two and a half centuries. in 1821 Costa rica declared their independence from Spain. Two years later it joined the United Provinces of Central America, but this federation disintegrated in 1838, at which time Costa Rica proclaimed its sovereignty and independence
6: Native Dishes | Black beans and rice (gallo pinto). This simple, standard dish, often referred to as comida tipica, is the backbone of Costa Rican cuisine. | The plantain, or plántano, is probably the quintenencial snack. It has the appearance of a large banana, but cannot be eaten raw. It is fried or baked, and will often accompany most meals. When sliced thinly and deep fried, the plantain becomes a crunchy snack like the potato chip.
7: Olla de carne is a delicious stew made with beef, potatoes, carrots, chayote (vegetable pear), plantains and yucca. | Arroz is a dish of fried rice which may be offered with chicken (pollo) or shrimp (gambas). | As a common appetizer, Ceviche is a dish of raw fish marinated in lemon juice with cilantro and onions.