Monteverde was first inhabited in the 1930’s by Costa Ricans colonist who were trying to make a living by logging and farming, claiming undeveloped land quite similar the early far west times. In 1949, 4 pacifist Quakers from Alabama were jailed for refusing the Korean War draft. After getting out if jail along with their community of Friend’s (the other name for their Christian religious group) they searched for a country where they could live in peace.
Costa Rica attracted them because it does not have an army and the area was interesting because it was so green, underdeveloped & the cool climate was perfect for dairy farming.
In 1951, 44 Quakers settlers from 11 families came to the area and coined the name (meaning green mountain in Spanish). They brought with them their sense of friendship & cooperation.