Facts for the Republic of Nicaragua

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

Several volcanoes in the country even now remain active. One of these, Concepcion, sits right alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you climb the volcano, you can overlook and catch site of the settlement of Granada, the initial colonial village of the Spanish when they landed on these shores. Another great volcano, Momotombo, lies similarly on the other great lake in the country, Lake Managua, and looks down over the city of Managua, the country's capitol city. Leon, the historic sister city to Granada, is able to be spotted at the peak of this volcano.

Even though Nicaragua is currently a diplomatic, quiet democracy, it has remained troubled with violence and uprising in history. The most present violence happened when the Sandinista army expelled the existing leader of the country in the latter part of 1970's, opening up the country to elections and democracy. Many in the present generation remember the movies and photos of the revolt as it developed. The country is currently directed by a president and a congress.

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