Costa Rica

By: William Dudley

Land And Climate

Costa Rica is 19,730 square miles. It covers about the same amount of land as West Virginia.
50% of Costa Rica is covered by all different kinds of forests.
Costa Rica has a wonderful landscape of many tropical rain forests, mountain cloud forests, volcanoes, coastal lowlands, beaches, beautiful rivers and a hot tropical climate.
Most of Costa Rica's people live in the higher elevation where the temperature is cooler.

History and Government

lots of native Americans lived in present-day Costa Rica before Columbus discovered Costa Rica in 1502. In the north, the various cultures were created by Mayan civilization. Southern groups were more closely related to the indigenous peoples of South America. minerals were scarce in Costa Rica during the arrival of Spaniards. Costa Rica's long traditions of changes in government which makes Costa Rica a democratic island.