An Overview 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 scattered with volcanoes and lakes, Nicaragua is home to one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world -- Lake Nicaragua.

Numerous volcanoes in the country are still active. One of these, Concepcion, rests right alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you scale the volcano, you can overlook and catch site of the town of Granada, the original colonial town of the Spanish when they landed on these coastlines. Another great volcano, Momotombo, lies in the same way on the other great lake in the country, Lake Managua, and gazes down over the community of Managua, the nation's capitol city. Leon, the ancient sister community to Granada, is able to be spotted from the crest of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is currently a nonviolent, quiet democracy, it has been riddled with violence and revolution in history. The most present violence occurred when the Sandinista army overthrew the existing leader of the country in the latter part of 1970's, opening up the country to elections and democracy. Several in the present generation recall the films and pictures of the revolt as it advanced. The country is currently directed by a president and a congress.

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