Costa Rica: Don Pepe's Return

There is no denying that Costa Rica is a republic, or that it grows a lot of bananas. But the tiny Central American country (19,650 sq. mi. and 1.700,000 people) is a far cry from a banana republic. It is not run by a gaudily uniformed strongman backed by a well-equipped little army. It does not even have an army; the last one was disbanded in 1948. When Lyndon Johnson visited the country in 1968. the Costa Ricans had to borrow a cannon from Panama so that they could give him the customary...

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