Facts for the Republic of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is positioned 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 dotted 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 even now remain active. One of these, Concepcion, sits right alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you ascend the volcano, you can overlook and see the township of Granada, the original colonial settlement of the Spanish when they landed on these shores. Another big volcano, Momotombo, lies in the same way on the other big 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, can be spotted at the summit of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is now a nonviolent, unobtrusive democracy, it has been troubled with hostility and revolution in the past. The most present hostility occurred when the Sandinista army ousted the existing ruler of the country in the late 1970's, opening up the country to elections and democracy. Many in the present generation recall the movies and pictures of the revolt as it progressed. The country is now ruled by a president and a congress.

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