Map of the Republic of Costa Rica


This 1891 map of Costa Rica shows the main physical features and administrative divisions of the country. The key, in the upper-right-hand corner, is in Spanish and English. Indicated on the map are the national capital, San José; provincial capitals; principal cities; minor cities; and railroads (in operation, under construction, projected, and “contracted for and soon to be built”). The highest mountains, volcanoes, and craters are indicated by the numbered key, and their heights given (inaccurately) in both feet and meters. The country’s seven provinces—Alajuela, Cartago, Guanacaste, Heredia, Limón, Puntarenas, and San José—are shown and distinguished by different colors. Costa Rica is shown as bordering directly on Colombia to the south, as the Republic of Panama was not established until 1903. The northern border, with Nicaragua, is formed by Lake Nicaragua and the San Juan River. The map was drawn by surveyor Faustino Montes de Oca Ramirez (1862–1902) and issued by William M. Bradley & Company, a prominent late-19th century publisher of maps and atlases based in Philadelphia.

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William M. Bradley and Company, Philadelphia

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2 maps : color ; 13 x 20 centimeters


  • Scale 1 inch to 2,535,000 feet

Last updated: May 29, 2013