Costa Rica: Exports
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Costa Rica!
Like many countries in South and Central America, Costa Rica’s main language is Spanish. This because of the Spanish explorers that came to the New World during the Age of Exploration.
The Age of Exploration began in the early 15th century and lasted until the 17th century. By this time, Europeans had explored Africa and Asia. The tea and spices from Asia and Africa were very valuable. The demand for these items had European sailors searching for shorter paths to Asia.
Europeans soon discovered this route didn’t lead to Asia, but to a New World. Even though it wasn’t the shorter sea route they were seeking, it was a new region to explore with new resources to export and sell. Soon, fleets of ships from Europe arrived to collect valuable products like gold, chocolate, and corn. They also brought new plants from Africa and Asia, like pineapple and sugar cane. These crops were able to grow in the tropical soil in New World, but not in Europe.
The Age of Exploration changed the shape of the world we know today.