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The Annexation: How Nicoya Became Part of Costa Rica

By Jack Donnelly Mexico and Central America gained their independence from Spain on September 15, 1821. The news did not reach Costa Rica until October 11th, but Independence Day is still celebrated here on September 15th. Actually, there is a small movement to change the date, but the 15th is still the official holiday.   It took some time for the Central American countries to sort out their governments, borders, and so forth. During the colonial era, the District of Nicoya, el Partido de Nicoya (partido can mean an administrative district—it is commonly mistranslated), was a separate entity. It had…

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