Facts for the Republic of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is located in Central America and is the largest country in the territory. It spans 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 country that is spread 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 beside Lake Nicaragua. If you climb the volcano, you can overlook and catch site of the settlement of Granada, the initial colonial settlement of the Spanish when they landed on these coastlines. Another large volcano, Momotombo, lies in the same way on the other large lake in the country, Lake Managua, and looks down over the city of Managua, the nation's capitol city. Leon, the ancient sister city to Granada, is able to be glimpsed from the crest of this volcano.

Although Nicaragua is currently a nonviolent, quiet democracy, it has stayed troubled with violence and rebellion in history. The most present violence occurred when the Sandinista army overthrew the existing leader of the country in the latter part of 1970's, opening up the country to elections and democracy. Several in the current generation remember the films and pictures of the revolt as it advanced. The country is now directed by a president and a congress.

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