An Overview of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is situated in Central America and is the biggest country in the territory. It spans 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 spread with volcanoes and lakes, Nicaragua is home to one of the biggest fresh water lakes in the world -- Lake Nicaragua.

Several volcanoes in the country are still active. One of these, Concepcion, rests right beside Lake Nicaragua. If you scale the volcano, you can overlook and catch site of the town of Granada, the original colonial village of the Spanish when they arrived on these shores. Another big volcano, Momotombo, lies in the same way on the other big lake in the country, Lake Managua, and gazes down over the town of Managua, the country's capitol city. Leon, the historic sister town to Granada, is able to be spotted from the top of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is nowadays a peaceful, unobtrusive democracy, it has been riddled with fighting and revolution in history. The most recent fighting happened when the Sandinista army overthrew the existing ruler of the country in the late 1970's, opening up the country to elections and democracy. Many in the current generation remember the films and photos of the revolt as it progressed. The country is now run by a president and a congress.

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