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1. Loreta Janeta Velazquez
Loreta Velazquez, inspired by Joan of Arc’s story as a child, is the only woman to have served in the Civil War as a socialite spy and as a male officer in battle simultaneously. Soldiers who served with Lieutenant Buford confirmed that he conducted himself with integrity and conduct becoming an off
2. The Sanchez Sisters
The story of the fascinating and beautiful Sánchez sisters is a story of heroism and intrigue during the United States Civil War. The Sanchez sisters were heroines to the Confederate Army who effectively stymied the plot of the Union officers and kept a constant stream of intelligence flowing for th
3. Costa Rica's Oil Palm Plantations
: In Costa Rica I explored the two hundred miles of Pacific coastline from the north Pacific area of Liberia to the central Pacific area of Quepos. In the central Pacific, particularly around Quepos, I was impressed by boundless forests of palm trees extending for miles along the highway.
4. The Blue Amaryllis, a Book Review
The Blue Amaryllis is a romantic adventure that takes place deep in the remotest areas of the Amazon rainforest. In addition to being a heartrending love story, the author, Sonia de Leon explores ecological, social and political issues affecting the survival of the indigenous people of the Amazon.
5. Hotel Hacienda Guachipelín, a Review
Hacienda Guachipelín in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, is a working cattle and horse ranch founded in the 19th century. Now, still a working ranch, the Hacienda is home to the most delightful hotel with a friendly and helpful staff, great food, and numerous adventure, nature and relaxation tours.
6. Hispanic Gardening
Latin Americans have a long standing tradition of backyard or kitchen gardens used to grow food for the family and a little extra, “un poco mas” for sharing with friends. Mesoamerican gardening practices and techniques are quite ancient, dating as far back as 8000-2000 BCE.
7. Oil Palm Plantations in Costa Rica
In Costa Rica I explored the two hundred miles of Pacific coastline. In the central Pacific, particularly around Quepos, I was impressed by boundless forests of palm trees extending for miles along the highway. Curiously, the trees appeared to be aligned diagonally.
8. Franklin Chang Díaz
Costa Rican Franklin Chang Díaz, one of the most prominent astronauts and scientists in the world, was enthralled by Sputnik and the birth of space exploration at the young age of six. Franklin thought people would someday travel to other planets and he wanted to be one of those explorers.
9. Gabriel García Márquez, 1927-2014
Gabriel García Márquez, a great Latin American journalist and novelist, was born in the town of Aracataca, Colombia on March, 6 1927 and died April 14, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. Marquez, known affectionately as Gabo the world over, is deeply mourned by millions of readers around the world.
10. Costa Rica's Mangrove Forest on Isla Damas
One of Costa Rica’s most important mangrove forests is on Isla Damas that lies just off Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast near the town of Quepos. I had the opportunity to explore the mangrove swamp on Isla Damas currently one of the most important remaining mangroves in Costa Rica.
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