Costa Rica's indigenous population reaches back between 7,000 and 10,000 years ago. Small groups of hunter-gatherers eventually set up main tribes that controlled the area prior European influence arriving in the 16th century. Columbus, famed for "discovering" the New World was also responsible for "discovering" Costa Rica.
Spanish influence directed much of happened between the years 1500 and 1800. Disease and conflicts with the indigenous tribes nearly wiped them out completely. Cultural forms of view shifted to a more European way of life. Compared to the surrounding countries, relatively few sought after Costa Rica's resources, sparing its people and land from total devastation.
Circumstances in Costa Rica have changed drastically over the last half-century. Colonization, slavery, civil war, and the eventual achievement of democratic peace have Costa Rica primed as a global model for ways to forward without much tension. Technology has increasingly made its way in Costa Rica's mountainous region, alongside the continued propagation of important natural resources, coffee and bananas, that are shared to the world!