Facts about Nicaragua

Nicaragua is positioned in Central America and is the largest nation in the region. It crosses from shoreline to shoreline, 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 nation 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 nation are still active. One of these, Concepcion, lies right alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you scale the volcano, you can look out and catch site of the town of Granada, the first colonial village of the Spanish when they appeared on these coastlines. Another big volcano, Momotombo, sits in the same way on the other big lake in the nation, Lake Managua, and gazes down over the community of Managua, the country's capitol city. Leon, the historic sister community to Granada, can be seen from the peak of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is nowadays a nonviolent, unobtrusive democracy, it has remained riddled with violence and uprising in the past. The most recent violence occurred when the Sandinista army overthrew the existing ruler of the nation in the late 1970's, opening up the nation to elections and democracy. Many in the present generation recall the films and photos of the uprising as it advanced. The nation is currently run by a president and a congress.

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