Guanacaste band to mark 1856 battle

The Banda de Conciertos de Guanacaste will mark the 159 anniversary of the Batalla de Santa Rosa Friday with a concert at the Parque Nacional Santa Rosa. The time is 8 p.m.

The program is patriotic music.

The battle of Santa Rosa was the first engagement of the Campaña Nacional and was successful in chasing troops of William Walker from Costa Rica. Walker was the U.S. filibuster who became president of Nicaragua and sought to unite all of Central America under his banner.

A military unit from Guanacaste participated in the battle of Santa Rosa in 1856 and the unit had a small band.

After Santa Rosa and on April 11, 1856, the Costa Rican military were in Nicaragua and engaged Walker’s troops at Rivas. They were successful but failed to follow up on the victory.

The troops returned to Costa Rica and carried with them cholera, which devastated the country.

April is the patriotic month in Costa Rica, and public and private buildings will be decorated with the national colors.

This year, April 10, a Friday, is a national holiday.

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