The Dream Resting Site (Background)
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GEOGRAPHICAL & HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
Apparently, Costa Rica is slightly smaller than West Virginia, covering about 20,000 square miles, with half of its land shrouded by Amazonian tropical rainforest. It also contains mountain cloud forests, volcanoes, coastal lowlands, beaches, and rivers. The climate is generally mild, but ranges from tropical humid to cooler rainfall. The land, however, is not protected from frequent earthquakes and occasional volcanic eruptions. On a more historical note, the indigenous people of Costa Rica were a portion of the Mayan civilization. Spain then colonized Costa Rica and its surrounding Central American neighbors. Yet, the nation was generally exempt from Spanish rule because of the scarcity of minerals. After joining the United States in a declaration of independence from Spain, Costa Rica became a sovereign nation in 1838.