Facts about Nicaragua

Nicaragua is located in Central America and is the biggest country in the area. It spans from coast to coast, 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 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 country are still active. One of these, Concepcion, sits right beside Lake Nicaragua. If you climb the volcano, you can overlook and see the town of Granada, the initial colonial settlement of the Spanish when they landed on these shorelines. Another big volcano, Momotombo, lies in the same way on the other big lake in the country, Lake Managua, and gazes down over the city of Managua, the country's capitol city. Leon, the historic sister city to Granada, can be seen from the crest of this volcano.

Even though Nicaragua is currently a nonviolent, quiet democracy, it has remained troubled with violence and rebellion in the past. The most recent violence happened when the Sandinista army overthrew the sitting 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 photos of the revolution as it developed. The country is currently directed by a president and a congress.

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