Costa Rica was sparsely inhabited by indigenous people before coming under Spanish rule in the 16th century.It remained a peripheral colony of the empire until independence as part of the short-lived First Mexican Empire, followed by membership in the United Provinces of Central America, from which it formally declared sovereignty in 1847.In June 2006, Serbia and Montenegro, separated to become the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Montenegro.

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Croatia (on January 15, 1993), Slovenia (on January 15, 1993), the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (on April 21, 1993), Bosnia and Herzegovina (on December 20, 1995), and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (on December 20, 2000) succeeded to the membership in the Fund of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, in each case, effective December 14, 1992.

The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was later renamed Serbia and Montenegro.

During the four hundredth anniversary in 1892, teachers, preachers, poets and politicians used Columbus Day rituals to teach ideals of patriotism.

These patriotic rituals took themes such as citizenship boundaries, the importance of loyalty to the nation, and celebrating social progress.Mc Donald in 1905, and it was made a statutory holiday in 1907.In April 1934, as a result of lobbying by the Knights of Columbus and New York City Italian leader Generoso Pope, Congress and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed October 12 a federal holiday under the name Columbus Day.Costa Rica, Poland, Brazil, Uruguay, and Cuba signed the Articles by that date but their membership became effective upon deposit of their respective instruments of acceptance.Czechoslovakia became a member of the Fund on December 27, 1945 and ceased to be a member, effective December 31, 1954; Czechoslovakia was readmitted as a member of the Fund on September 20, 1990, and ceased to be a member, effective January 1, 1993.Costa Rica is an observing member of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).