Costa RicaCos·ta Ri·ca
country in Central America, northwest of Panama: revolted against Spain in 1821; became an independent republic in 1848: 19,730 sq mi (51,100 sq km); cap. San José
Origin of Costa RicaSp, rich coast
A country of Central America between Panama and Nicaragua. Although Christopher Columbus reached Costa Rica in 1502, Spanish conquest of the native peoples of the area did not begin until 1563. The country achieved independence from Spain in 1821 as part of Mexican territory and declared itself a sovereign republic in 1838. San José is the capital and the largest city.x
- Cos′ta Ri′can
- A country in Central America; Official name: Republic of Costa Rica. Capital San José.