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Posts Tagged ‘Costa Rica’

Netherlands vs Costa Rica

Posted by RB Kollannur on July 5, 2014

The year was 1624. The Dutch West India Company led by Jacob Willekens and Pieter Heyn landed in the Brazilian city of Salvador. Without support from Europe, the capital of Brazil did not stand much of a chance. A defence force of 3000 was prepared in haste to withstand the attacking navy, but many of the new recruits abandoned at first sight of the Dutch artillery. It soon fell to Dutch hands, but Dutch left behind a nominal force at Salavador and took the war booty back home. Salvador remained in Dutch hands for another year, till Brazil’s Spanish masters (Spain and Portugal was united during this time, so was Netherlands but they were actively in rebellion) send out a fleet in 1625. Salavdor was retaken after a short siege.

The Dutch would sent more fleets to Salvador for relief, but this time Brazil was better equipped and would never again fall into Dutch hands.

The year is 2014. A Dutch football team has landed in Salvador and will be taking on a group of Costa Ricans soon.


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Costa Rica vs Greece

Posted by RB Kollannur on June 30, 2014

One of the youngest nations remaining in the World Cup against one of the oldest, Costa Rica and Greece both became independent in the 1830s.

While Greece became independent from Ottoman Turkey in 1832, Costa Rica became independent first from Spain in 1821 to be part of the Mexican Empire, then in 1823 as part of a united Central American nation and finally in 1838 as Costa Rica.

As the southernmost of the states of the Spanish viceroyalty of New Spain, Costa Ricans were not allowed to trade with their southern neighours, Panama, during Spanish rule. Sparsely populated, Costa Rica remained economically weak during this time. Now, however, they are one of the best economies in Central America with key exports like electronic products and, if you believe Jurassic Park, dinosaurs.

Greece has had a long and turbulent history, with some pages missing between 1100 BC to 800 BC. Most civilizations in the world saw some cataclysmic change take place around 1100 BC. As per their mythology, for the Greeks, it was the fall of Troy and the conquest of Greece by the Heraclidae (Sons of Heracles/Hercules). It is apparent that these invaders (Dorians) were later integrated into the Greek community and formed an integral part of the Greek people. The diarchy of Sparta was one of the Greek nations built by Dorians and were said to be ruled by kings descended from Heracles.

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