An Overview of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is located in Central America and is the biggest country 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 country that is scattered with volcanoes and lakes, Nicaragua is home to one of the biggest fresh water lakes in the world -- Lake Nicaragua.

Numerous volcanoes in the country are still active. One of these, Concepcion, lies right alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you scale the volcano, you can overlook and see the settlement of Granada, the initial colonial settlement of the Spanish when they appeared on these coastlines. Another big volcano, Momotombo, lies similarly on the other big lake in the country, Lake Managua, and looks down over the community of Managua, the nation's capitol city. Leon, the ancient sister community to Granada, is able to be seen at the summit of this volcano.

Even though Nicaragua is currently a nonviolent, unobtrusive democracy, it has remained troubled with fighting and revolution in history. The most present fighting 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 current generation remember the films and pictures of the revolution as it advanced. The country is at the moment is ruled by a president and a congress.

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