Costa Rica celebrates the Battle of Rivas, Nicaragua, every April 11 with a legal holiday. That took place in 1856. But a bit more than a year later, there was another event to be marked.
That was the surrender of U.S. filibusterer William Walker. He surrendered to the captain of a U.S. Navy ship when his forces were surrounded by the combined armies of Central American states.
The anti-Walker forces were commanded by Costa Rican José Joaquín Mora Porras.
The Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría will mark the surrender today. At 10 a.m. the museum will show “William Walker, una historia verdadera,” a 1987 U.S. film that links the events in 1857 with the wars that swept Central American in the 1980s.
The Alajuela museum also has a display that includes newspaper clippings about Walker’s surrender.
The U.S. Filibusterer was not one to give up easily. The museum noted that he tried three more times to return to Central America. His last effort in 1860 ended with his execution in Trujillo, Honduras.