1856 route of march to be experienced

Wroute062315hen Costa Rican soldiers headed off to war in 1856, they did not have the advantage of highway 27. And buses had not been invented.

So they hoofed it with the help of ox carts to carry the heavier goods.

The Museo Juan Santamaría will once again duplicate some of the march for the benefit of local history buffs or those who just want to experience what the soldiers experienced.

The war was what is called the Campaña Nacional in which the Costa Rican troops served defeats on the troops of William Walker, the U.S. filibusterer.

Alajuela was the home of Juan Santamaría, the soldier who distinguished himself in a key battle, so the museum there generally takes the lead in matters related to the campaign

No one will be forced to march all the way to the Nicaraguan border, Instead, the museum is setting up a series of five-kilometer hikes starting July 26. The six Sunday outings will be in the Atenas vicinity.

In August, there will be two excursions to Puntarenas for a guided tour of the route taken by the army. But these trips will be by bus.

Next year, the museum plans to have hikes north of Puntarenas with the help of land engineer Juan Manuel Castro, who has researched the route.

The military expedition was under the control of president  Juan Rafael Mora Porras, who is honored today as a national hero.

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