An Overview of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is situated in Central America and is the biggest nation in the area. It crosses from coastline to coastline, from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea. It is bordered on the north by Costa Rica and on the south by the Honduras. A nation that is scattered with volcanoes and lakes, Nicaragua is home to one of the biggest fresh water lakes in the world -- Lake Nicaragua.

Several volcanoes in the nation are still active. One of these, Concepcion, rests right alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you climb the volcano, you can overlook and see the town of Granada, the initial colonial village of the Spanish when they arrived on these coastlines. Another great volcano, Momotombo, sits similarly on the other great lake in the nation, Lake Managua, and looks down over the community of Managua, the nation's capitol city. Leon, the historic sister community to Granada, is able to be spotted at the summit of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is now a diplomatic, unobtrusive democracy, it has been troubled with fighting and revolution in history. The most present fighting occurred when the Sandinista army overthrew the sitting ruler of the nation in the latter part of 1970's, opening up the nation to elections and democracy. Several in the recent generation recall the films and pictures of the revolution as it progressed. The nation is currently ruled by a president and a congress.

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