Juan Santamaria, National Hero of Costa Rica

Juan Santamaria, a national hero of Costa Rica, was killed at the Battle of Rivas on April 11, 1856.  Santamaria was the son of an impoverished single mother.   The young Santamaria enlisted as a drummer boy.  He courageously braved enemy fire and torched the hostel where North American William Walker and his enemy combatants were taking shelter.   The San Jose International Airport in Costa Rica is named for his memory.  (Please also see Pancha Carrasco, April 8.)

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