Next year is about to be declared the bicentennial year of Juan Rafael Mora Porras.
He was the president that organized and personally led a Costa Rican force into Nicaragua to defeat the forces of filibusterer William Walker is 1856.
Lawmakers are close to a final vote on dedicating the year to him as liberador. He already has been named a national hero.
Under terms of the bill that already received an initial favorable vote in the legislature, public schools will be obligated to include the story of his life in the civic curriculum.
Despite his victory in the Nicaraguan campaign, Mora was overthrown and had to flee the country. When he returned in an effort to regain power, he was captured and shot in Puntarenas.