Costa Rica

  • J. Scott Keltie
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The Republic of Costa Rica, an independent State since the year 1821, and forming part from 1824 to 1829 of the Confederation of Central America, is governed under a Constitution first promulgated in 1870, but modified very frequently since that date. Practically there was no constitution, but only dictatorships, between 1870 and 1882. The legislative power is vested in a Chamber of Representatives—one representative to every 8,000 inhabitants —chosen in electoral assemblies, the members of which are returned by the suffrage of all who are able to support themselves. There were 537 electors in 1889, and 26 deputies (32 in 1895). The members of the Chamber are elected for the term of four years, one-half retiring every two years. The executive authority is in the hands of a president, elected, in the same manner as the Congress, for the term of four years.


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Statistical and other Sooks of Reference concerning Costa Rica

1. Official Publications

  1. Anuario estadistico de la Repûblica de Costa Rica. San José.Google Scholar
  2. Calvo (J. B.), República de Costa Rica. Apuntamientos geográflcos, estadisticos e histó-ricos. San José, 1887. Censo General de la Republica de Costa Rica. 18 Febrero, 1892. San José, 1893.Google Scholar
  3. Costa Rica—Bulletin No. 31 of the Bureau of the American Republics. 8. Washington, 1892.Google Scholar
  4. Estadistica del comercio exterior de la Repûblica de Costa Rica. San José.Google Scholar
  5. Memoria de la secretaria de gobernación, policia y fomento. San José.Google Scholar
  6. Memoria de la secretaria de guerra y marina. San José.Google Scholar
  7. Memoria de la secretaria de hacienda y comercio. 5. San José.Google Scholar
  8. ViUavicencio (Enrique), Director of Statistical Bureau. República de Costa Rica. Año de 1886. San José, 1886.Google Scholar
  9. Foreign Office Reports, Annual Series. London.Google Scholar
  10. Annual Statement of the Trade of the United Kingdom with Foreign Countries and British Possessions. Imp. 4. London.Google Scholar

2. Non-Official Publications

  1. Barrantes, (F. Montero), Elementos de Historia de Costa Rica. 8. San José. 1892.Google Scholar
  2. hates (H. W.), Central and South America. New edition. London, 1882.Google Scholar
  3. Belly (Félix), A travers l’Amérique centrale. 2 vols. 8. Paris, 1872.Google Scholar
  4. Biolley (Paul), Costa Rica and her Future. Washington, 1889.Google Scholar
  5. Boyle (Frederick), Ride across a Continent : a Personal Narrative of Wanderings through Nicaragua and Costa Rica. 2 vols. 8. London, 1868.Google Scholar
  6. Caceres (J. M.), Geografia de Centro-America. Paris, 1882.Google Scholar
  7. Calvo (J. B.), The Republic of Costa Rica. Chicago, 1890.Google Scholar
  8. Camphuis (G. W.), Costa Rica : The Country for Emigrants. London.Google Scholar
  9. Church (Col. G. E.), Costa Rica. In Geographical Journal, vol. x., No. 1 (July, 1897). London.Google Scholar
  10. Fernandez (L.) Historia de Costa Rica, 1502—1821. 8. Madrid. 1889.Google Scholar
  11. Fröbel (Julius), Aus Amerika. 2 vols. 8. Leipzig, 1857–58.Google Scholar
  12. Marr (N.), Reise nach Centralamerika. 2 vols. 8. Hamburg, 1863.Google Scholar
  13. Morelot (L.), Voyage dans l’Amérique centrale. 2 vols. 8. Paris, 1859.Google Scholar
  14. Peralta (Manuel M.), Costa Rica: its Climate, Constitution, and Resources. With a survey of its present financial position. 8. London, 1873.Google Scholar
  15. Seherzer (Karl, Ritter von), Statistisch-commerzielle Ergebnisse einer Reise um die Erde. 8. Leipzig, 1867.Google Scholar
  16. Seherzer (Karl, Ritter von), Wanderungen durch die mittelamerikanischen Freistaaten. 8. Braunschweig, 1857.Google Scholar
  17. Schroetter (J.), Costa Rica State Immigration. San José, 1894.Google Scholar
  18. Wagner (Moritz), Die Republik Costa Rica in Centralamerika. 8. Leipzig, 1856.Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1899

Authors and Affiliations

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  1. 1.The Royal Geographical SocietyUK
  2. 2.The Geographical Societies of ParisBerlinGermany
  3. 3.The Geographical Societies of ParisRomeItaly
  4. 4.The Geographical Societies of ParisLisbonPortugal
  5. 5.The Geographical Societies of ParisAmsterdamNetherlands
  6. 6.The Geographical Societies of ParisBrusselsBelgium
  7. 7.The Geographical Societies of ParisBuda-PestHungary
  8. 8.The Geographical Societies of ParisGenevaSwitzerland
  9. 9.The Geographical Societies of ParisNeuchatelSwitzerland
  10. 10.The Geographical Societies of ParisPhiladelphiaUSA
  11. 11.Commercial Geographical Society of ParisFrance

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