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Before the 16th century the territory known as Guadalupe now, was occupied by the Western Huetar Kingdom.
Then came colonization and many of the indigenous population disappeared.
In 1828 a small group of people built houses and they named the place San José. Tobacco was the main production in the area. Eventually it was replaced with coffee.
Due to avoid confusion with San José (now the capital) They decided to change the name to Guadalupe in 1851, and in 1855 a church was built.
All that was influenced by Raimundo Mora who studied in Mexico and was devoted to the Virgin.
There were also Spanish people living in the are and well-educated people who proposed turning the place into an official canton.
The history of the placed was heavily influenced by Catholic and Spanish traditions, just like most places around.
In 1939 the first school in founded thanks to León Cortés Castro.
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