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Term: Costa Rica


Inhabited by small, independent tribes of Boruca, Carib, Chorotega, Corobici & Nahua when Columbus landed in 1502; after many battles with native peoples, conquered by Spain in 1563; part of Nicaraguan intendency in 18th cen.; part of Mexican Empire 1821;official language is Spanish, though a Jamaican dialect of English is also spoken in some places.


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ca. 500-1000
ca. 500-1000
ca. 1-500