Costa Rica - from Official and Other Sources


This 1903 map of Costa Rica was published by the International Bureau of the American Republics (instituted in 1910 as the Pan American Union), an agency established in 1890 in Washington D.C., by resolution of the International Conference of American States. The bureau issued handbooks, maps, and a monthly bulletin for disseminating information relating to the promotion of trade among the countries of the Americas.  The map shows physical features, such as rivers, lakes and mountains, international and provincial borders, and the routes of steamship lines from the port of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Panama did not become independent until November 1903, and the map shows Costa Rica as still bordering on Colombia to its south. The map is held in the Columbus Memorial Library of the Organization of American States, successor organization of the International Bureau of the American Republics and the Pan American Union. The handwritten markings on the map and the damage in the upper left attest to its use as a working document within the organization.

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International Bureau of the American Republics, Washington, D.C.


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1 map : color ; 51 x 67 centimeters


  • Scale 1:7,092,000. 12.5 miles to 1 inch

Last updated: January 4, 2016