An Overview of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is situated in Central America and is the biggest nation in the region. It crosses from coast to coast, 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 nation that is dotted with volcanoes and lakes, Nicaragua is home to one of the biggest fresh water lakes in the world -- Lake Nicaragua.

Several volcanoes in the nation even now remain active. One of these, Concepcion, sits right alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you scale the volcano, you can look out and catch site of the settlement of Granada, the original colonial settlement of the Spanish when they arrived on these shores. Another large volcano, Momotombo, lies in the same way on the other large lake in the nation, Lake Managua, and looks down over the community of Managua, the country's capitol city. Leon, the historic sister community to Granada, is able to be spotted from the summit of this volcano.

Although Nicaragua is currently a peaceful, unobtrusive democracy, it has been riddled with fighting and revolution in history. The most present fighting happened when the Sandinista army overthrew the sitting leader of the nation in the latter part of 1970's, opening up the nation to elections and democracy. Many in the current generation recollect the movies and photos of the uprising as it progressed. The nation is now run by a president and a congress.

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