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Who was Juan Santamaría? Five (debated) things you should know
Juan Santamaría Day
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Juan Santamaría Day
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Who was Juan Santamaría? Five (debated) things you should know

The Tico Times - April 10, 2015

Costa Rica fetes its first and most-loved national hero, Juan Santamaría, on Saturday, April 11. His name adorns the international airport in his native Alajuela, and schoolchildren across…

‘Monument to the Farmer’ to return to Alajuela
Arts and Culture
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‘Monument to the Farmer’ to return to Alajuela

The Tico Times - April 13, 2014

The bronze sculpture is heavy, but weightier still is its significance: "El Monumento al Agricultor" ("Monument to the Farmer") shows a man and woman bent over their…

What is Juan Santamaría Day?
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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What is Juan Santamaría Day?

The Tico Times - April 11, 2014

Costa Rica, lacking an army since 1948, doesn't have many war heroes. The most notable exception is Juan Santamaría, a poor drummer boy from Alajuela. Santamaría helped thwart…