Although there was never a thriving indigenous culture as strong as the empires of the Mayans, Aztecs or Incas, the history of Costa Rica is rooted in eight different indigenous people groups. When the Spaniards arrived, many tribes moved back into the mountainsĀ in order to avoid slavery and taxation by the Spaniards. The decimation of the indigenous of Costa Rica was due mostly to diseases, rather than targeted genocide as happened in other Lati...
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