Facts for the Republic of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is situated in Central America and is the largest country in the region. It crosses from shoreline to shoreline, from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea. It is surrounded on the north by Costa Rica and on the south by the Honduras. A country 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 country even now remain active. One of these, Concepcion, lies right alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you climb the volcano, you can look out and catch site of the town of Granada, the first colonial settlement of the Spanish when they landed on these shores. Another large volcano, Momotombo, sits in the same way on the other large lake in the country, Lake Managua, and gazes down over the community of Managua, the nation's capitol city. Leon, the ancient sister community to Granada, is able to be spotted at the crest of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is currently a diplomatic, unobtrusive democracy, it has been troubled with hostility and revolution in history. The most present hostility arose 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 current generation remember 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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