An Overview of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is situated in Central America and is the largest country in the area. It crosses from coast to coast, 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 country that is scattered with volcanoes and lakes, Nicaragua is home to one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world -- Lake Nicaragua.

Some volcanoes in the country are still active. One of these, Concepcion, rests right alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you climb the volcano, you can overlook and see the settlement of Granada, the initial colonial village of the Spanish when they arrived on these shores. Another great volcano, Momotombo, rests similarly on the other great lake in the country, Lake Managua, and looks down over the city of Managua, the nation's capitol city. Leon, the ancient sister city to Granada, is able to be seen from the crest of this volcano.

Although Nicaragua is currently a nonviolent, unobtrusive democracy, it has stayed troubled with fighting and uprising in history. The most present fighting occurred when the Sandinista army ousted the existing leader of the country in the late 1970's, opening up the country to elections and democracy. Many in the present generation remember the films and photos of the uprising as it developed. The country is currently ruled by a president and a congress.

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