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Hundreds of pre-Columbian artifacts returned to Costa Rica

Costa Rica repatriated more than 1,300 pre-Columbian artifacts that had been exported from the country by Minor Keith, the National Museum reported Wednesday. This represents...

Palmar Sur squatters say they’re ‘ready to die for the land’

A land conflict involving squatters on a former banana plantation in southern Costa Rica is heating up while the government fumbles for a solution.

The life and times of a very big fish: United Fruit’s Sam Zemurray

Throughout this whirlwind of a book about a whirlwind of a life, Cohen teaches the reader about bananas, Central American politics and history, and the Banana King’s role in the turbulent politics of Honduras and Guatemala in particular.

Pilot, pianist, entrepreneur expat Richard Johnson dies at 91

The children of friends he used to visit in Escazú many years ago say he liked to drive backwards down the hill in his Cadillac. He loved to play Sinatra, Rachmaninoff and Chopin on his piano. And he once crash-landed his single-engine Cessna 210 on a farm in Alajuelita. When emergency responders reached him, Richard “Dick” Johnson was quietly sitting on a tree stump, filling out his flight log.

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