Situated between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica is home to a diverse populace. From its indigenous origins, through Spanish colonization, the fight for independence, and modern globalization, the country's history has shaped the rich cultural heritage of its people. In this dynamic text, readers will not only discover about Costa Rica's art and cuisine, but also how this unique nation is home to more than 5 percent of the world's biodiversity, and that 25 percent of its land is national parks. Vivid photographs bring the comprehensive content into sharp focus, and reader-friendly language clarifies complex concepts. This book is an excellent supplement to elementary social studies curriculum.