Resolution J2450-2013

Commemorating 192 years of Costa Rican Independence from Spain



  • Jun 18, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 14, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating 192 years of Costa Rican Independ-
ence from Spain on September 15, 2013

WHEREAS, Pre-Columbian Costa Rica is where Mesoamerican and South Ameri-
can native cultures met; Columbus first reached Costa Rica in 1502; and
  WHEREAS, Costa Rica was named with great optimism on part of the Span-
ish, expecting to soon be exporting gold, silver and minerals  -  though
it developed and remained an isolated agricultural zone; and
  WHEREAS,  Unlike many Spanish colonies, Costa Rican settlers developed
their land by their own means and largely without the use of  indigenous
people  as  forced  labor;  this led to less economic outputs and future
inability to share in the prosperity like the rest of the Spanish  colo-
nies  -  but  left  a  lasting legacy of egalitarianism and an unmatched
index of local wealth; and
  WHEREAS, Spanish settlers operated large farms in rich soils of  Costa
Rica's hills yielding bananas and coffee - allowing these isolated inde-
pendent farmers to accumulate great and unaccounted wealth; and
  WHEREAS, Costa Rica joined other Central American provinces on Septem-
ber 15, 1821, in a joint declaration of independence from Spain; after a
brief  time  in  the  Mexican  Empire of Agustin de Iturbide, Costa Rica
became a state in the Federal Republic of Central America from  1823  to
1839; and
  WHEREAS,  Costa  Rica  has since enjoyed a legacy of great freedom and
equality, wealth and prosperity; and
  WHEREAS, Many Costa Ricans have made New York  their  home,  and  this
Legislative  Body  is  justly  proud to thank the Costa Rican people for
their contributions to this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  192 years of Costa Rican Independence from Spain on Septem-
ber 15, 2013.


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