COSTA RICA: Invasion

The invasion of Costa Rica began in a matter of hours after President Jose Figueres had called upon the Organization of American States for help. Under a waning moon, a band of armed Costa Rican exiles landed before dawn from two planes at Villa Quesada (pop. 3,500), 40 miles from the Nicaraguan border. About the same time several hundred invaders, afoot or in small boats, moved into the cattle land on the Nicaraguan border near La Cruz. It was a daring challenge to the O.A.S., recognized peacekeeper of the Americas. But early...

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