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Costa Rica Presentation

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Costa Rica Capital:
San José Joe Connolly
el 13 de mayo
Spanish E Climate and Landscape -Generally warm climate

-At high elevations, like the mountains, it is cooler

-A lot of rainfall each year

-Coastal areas: can get more than 120 inches a year

-Central areas:still gets 80 inches a year

-50% of the land is rainforest

White sand beaches on the coasts History -Discovered by Christopher columbus in 1502

-Lack of gold and resources brought few colonists

-Spanish colony until September 15, 1821

-Joined the United Provinces of Central America (1821)

-1838- Costa Rica becomes independent republic

-Current president- Laura Chinchilla Population -Population: 4,695,942 (2013)

-75% are of Spanish descent

-Most a mix of native and Spanish called Mestizo

-Official language of population is Spanish Religion -80% are Roman Catholic

-Remaining 20%
-Protestant
-Jewish
-Practices ancient religion based on nature

-10 religious holidays are recognized Culture/Traditions Quinceañera -Celebration of a girl coming to womanhood

-Celebrated when a girl reaches age 15

-Ceremonies during Quinceañera
-Change flat shoe to high heeled shoe
-Traditional father-daughter dance Culture/Traditions Religious holidays Traditional Christmas Dinner Living Procession -Get together for tamales

-Many family members involved

-Recipe passed down from generation to generation -During holy week of Easter

-Parade that brings Bible characters to life

-Mary puts oil on Jesus statue's shoes

-Veronica wipes Jesus statue's face

-Girls dressed as angels ride on a float with a bare cross Culture/Traditions -Described as "pura vida"

-Pura vida- pure life

-Used to describe laidback lifestyle, and assure happiness

-Used to greet people, say goodbye, and answer questions -Soccer is big part of life

-Children often play on streets

-Parades occur when sports teams gain international attention Culture/Traditions Independence Day -Celebrated on September 15

-Day Costa Rica gained independence from Spain

-President and high ranking officials give speeches

-Parades and dancing in the streets

-Night before torch representing liberty is light in Cartago Music Reggaeton -Began in Jamaica

-About being denied by white people

-About struggle of poverty

-Uses skengay to simulate gunshots

-Popular artists include:
-Bob Marley- (Jamaica) "I Shot the Sheriff" and "Rat Race"
-Jimmy Cliff- (Jamaica) "The Harder They Come" and "Many Rivers to Cross"

-Generally listened to by teenagers

-Used in ad campaigns and played on streets of San José Music Calypso -Originated in Trinidad and Tobago

-Slaves used it to communicate and tell stories

-Slaves would walk streets with singing popular leader

-Sang about hated political leaders

-Accompanied by shak-shaks, guitars, cuatros, and tamboo-bamboos

-Popular artists include:
-Walter Ferguson- (Panam) "Babylon" and "Maga Dog"
-Fitzgerald Henry- (Trinidad) "What Is a Disco" and "Sweet Trinidad" Dance Merengue -Origin: Dominican Republic

-Partners hold each other close

-Move in circles

-Move at pace of song Salsa -Origin: Cuba

-Usually done with a partner

-Very fast pace Cumbia -Origin: African slaves in Colombia and Panam

-Danced with a partner

-Step back and pivot, then bring feet together

-Move arms in small circles Food -Major exports: Bananas, coffee, beef, and sugar Tamales -Originally from Mexico

-Corn based dough

-Filled with meat, fish, cheese, vegetables, etc.

-Wrapped in leaf wrapper Empanadas -Originally from Portugal

-Baked or fried bread

-Filled with meat, vegetables, fruit, or cheese Gallo Pinto -Originally from Costa RIca

-Rice and bean dish

-Can have more rice or more beans Navideno -Like a fruitcake

-Bread with dried fruit in it

-Soaked in rum for days

-Cooked and alcohol burns off

-Eaten around Christmas Attractions Guayabo National Park -In Turrialba, Costa Rica

-Only Pre-Columbian site to be preserved

-In the rainforests

-Has artifacts dating back to 3,000 years ago

-Trails and bridges lead to old homes

-Petroglyphs are found




Tortuguero National Park -Protected rainforest

-Tourists sail down rivers

-Full of exotic land and aquatic animals

-Hiking trails and protected beaches Carara National Park -Rainforest full of aminals

-Anteaters, toucans, sloths, wild pigs, and white faced monkeys

-Home to 450 Scarlet Macaws

-Home to 2,000 American Crocodiles Attractions The Gold Museum -Location: San José

-Underneath Plaza of Culture

-Houses golden artifacts made by natives The Fidel Tristan Jade Museum -Location: San José

-Holds assortments of jade

-Largest collection of jade in Americas National Museum -Located in an old fort

-Art from Pre- Columbian era

-Largest collection of Pre- Columbian art Attractions Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles -Location: Cartago

-Built in 1639

-Houses small statue of Virgin Mary holding Jesus

-Legend says peasant girl found it

-She brought it home, but it returned to place where she found it next morning

-Brought it to priest, who locked it in a box

- Next morning it was back at rock where she found it

-During construction of Basílica, workers built over rock where it was found Compare/Contrast Similarities -Both celebrate Christmas

-Quinceñera is similar to sweet sixteen

-Museums that show history

-City life is similar

-Both celebrate Independence Day Differences -Most of Costa Rican land is protected forests

-Climate is much warmer in Costa Rica

-Costa Rican food is generally spicier

-Music is influenced by Spain more in Costa Rica

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Fun Facts -The name Costa Rica translates to "Rich Coast" in English.

-Costa Rica's soccer team has qualified for the World Cup three times.

-The Flag has a special meaning.
-White- peace and honesty
-Red- strength bravery
-Blue- truth, loyalty, and perserverance

-Costa Rican natives call themselves Ticos(as).

-There are 800 miles of coastline in Costa Rica.

-At 12,500 feet, Chirippo Mountain is the highest point in Costa Rica.

-There are more than 121 volcanos in Costa Rica, seven of which are active.
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