July 25 in Costa Rica: The Annexation of the Nicoya Peninsula Created a Stronger Identity for Costa Rica
July 20, 2017
July 25, 1824 marks the day the Nicoya Peninsula became part of the territory of Costa Rica.
Prior to this momentous day, Nicoya did not belong to Nicaragua or Costa Rica. The citizens of the region decided to hold a vote in late July that would determine their allegiance. The result, via the autonomous decision of its inhabitants through an Open Town Hall meeting held on July 25, 1824, was that the Nicoya region became part of Costa Rica.
This region is now known as the Province of Guanacaste and is a major piece of the identity as well as the economy of Costa Rica. The locals who resided there, identified well with the Costa Rican culture prior to the annexation and they continue to use the slogan "de la patria por nuestra voluntad" which essentially means that the choice to become a part of Costa Rica was their own.