An Overview of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is positioned in Central America and is the largest country in the region. 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.

Numerous volcanoes in the country even now remain active. One of these, Concepcion, sits right alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you scale the volcano, you can look out 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 gazes down over the community of Managua, the nation's capitol city. Leon, the historic sister community to Granada, can be spotted at the summit of this volcano.

Even though Nicaragua is currently a nonviolent, unobtrusive democracy, it has remained riddled with hostility and rebellion in the past. The most recent hostility arose when the Sandinista army ousted the sitting ruler of the country in the late 1970's, opening up the country to elections and democracy. Many in the recent generation recall the movies and pictures of the uprising as it progressed. The country is currently run by a president and a congress.

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