Updated: 10/3/2021

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  • While people from Jamaica could migrate to Costa Rica, they were discriminated and socially excluded in many ways and could not fully integrate to the country.
  • When land became available, many afrodescendents acquired those lands. They started using the land to work and hired other people too. They asked banks for loans to be able to maintain their lands.
  • But the banks wanted to recover those lands, so as soon as the owners could not pay their loans, they got evicted. Many afrodescentents lost their homes because of this. social exclusion, prejudiceinsults against themMigrants were not considered citizens until 1920 Government excludes them from work to impose a myth of white costa ricaprohibited new migrantsthey were not considered costa rican but british1948 open to rights
  • Even though discrimination and prejudice were prominent here, there were processes to try to include afrodescendents into the Costa Rican society. Schools started accepting black children.
  • However, they still got institutionally and socially discriminated. They were constantly abused and insulted by their other classmates and teachers. Black children had many difficulties adapting because they were forced to speak Spanish only, and English and Patois were prohibited.
  • All of this cultural erasure by the Costa Rican government was done to try and sell the image that Costa Rica was a white country. They did this by imposing the language and forcefully erradicating the culture in Limón. Unfortunately, many of it was lost.