Facts for the Republic of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is located in Central America and is the largest country in the region. It spans from coast to coast, 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 spread 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, rests right alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you climb the volcano, you can overlook and see the settlement of Granada, the initial colonial settlement of the Spanish when they landed on these coastlines. Another great volcano, Momotombo, sits similarly on the other great lake in the country, Lake Managua, and looks down over the community of Managua, the country's capitol city. Leon, the ancient sister community to Granada, can be glimpsed from the peak of this volcano.

Although Nicaragua is now a nonviolent, unobtrusive democracy, it has remained troubled with fighting and revolution in the past. The most present fighting happened when the Sandinista army overthrew the existing leader 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 photos of the revolt as it advanced. The country is currently run by a president and a congress.

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