Facts for the Republic of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is situated in Central America and is the biggest country in the region. It crosses 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 dotted 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 even now remain active. One of these, Concepcion, rests right alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you scale the volcano, you can look out and catch site of the settlement of Granada, the first colonial village of the Spanish when they arrived on these shores. Another big volcano, Momotombo, lies similarly on the other big lake in the country, Lake Managua, and looks down over the community of Managua, the nation's capitol city. Leon, the historic sister community to Granada, is able to be spotted at the peak of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is currently a nonviolent, quiet democracy, it has remained troubled with fighting and revolution in the past. The most recent fighting 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 present generation recall the films and pictures of the revolt as it progressed. The country is currently run by a president and a congress.

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