An Overview of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is located in Central America and is the biggest nation in the area. It spans from coastline to coastline, 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 biggest fresh water lakes in the world -- Lake Nicaragua.

Numerous volcanoes in the nation are still active. One of these, Concepcion, sits right beside Lake Nicaragua. If you scale the volcano, you can look out and catch site of the town of Granada, the original colonial village of the Spanish when they landed on these coastlines. Another big volcano, Momotombo, lies similarly on the other big 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 peak of this volcano.

Although Nicaragua is currently a nonviolent, unobtrusive democracy, it has remained riddled with fighting and revolution in history. The most present fighting occurred when the Sandinista army overthrew the existing ruler of the nation in the latter part of 1970's, opening up the nation to elections and democracy. Many in the present generation recall the films and pictures of the revolution as it advanced. The nation is currently run by a president and a congress.

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