The Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría will be marking the 160th anniversary of the Batalla de Santa Rosa with an historical walk through Alajuela Saturday. Leading will be researcher Ronald Castro and architect Francia Espinoza, both of the Alajuela Histórica organization.
The Batalla de Santa Rosa was the first engagement in the Campaña Nacional March 20, 1856, when Costa Rica moved against the filibusters of William Walker. Most of the subsequent fighting was in Nicaragua or along the Río San Juan.
The historic walk begins at 2 p.m. at the museum. An announcement said that many of Alajuela’s historic buildings will be visited.
At Santa Rosa the Costa Rican army surprised four companies of about 240 men loyal to Walker. The French and German soldiers were forced to retreat.