Peace, Love & Ecotourism
Monteverde was settled in 1951 by Quakers from the United States who wanted to leave behind the fear of war, as well as their obligation to support continued militarism through paying U.S. taxes. They chose Costa Rica, a country that had abolished its army a few years earlier, in 1948. Although Monteverde’s founders came here to farm the land, they wisely recognized the need to preserve the rare cloud forest that covered the mountain slopes above their fields, and to that end, they dedicated the largest adjacent tract of cloud forest as the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.
If you want an in-depth look into the lives and history of the local Quaker community, pick up a copy of the “Monteverde Jubilee Family Album.” Published in 2001 by the Monteverde Association of Friends, this collection of oral histories and photographs is 260 pages of local lore and memoirs. It’s very simply bound and printed but well worth the $20 price.
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