Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Gold Anthropomorphic Figure
One curious aspect of the very impressive and extensive collection of pre-Columbian gold is the source of the gold. Costa Rica did not have gold mining. Columbus named Costa Rica the "rich coast" because the Native Americans who greeted him there appeared rich because of their gold. But the gold came from elsewhere.
After the Spanish realized that Costa Rica did not have gold or silver, they largely ignored it, but they did send indigenous Costa Ricans to Peru to work as slaves in the silver mines. Costa Rica is the only country in Latin America without a liberator. It never had a struggle for liberation. When Spain granted independence to Nicaragua, it abandoned its sovereignty over Costa Rica as well.
This week we have photos of the Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.