An Overview of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is located in Central America and is the largest country in the region. 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 dotted 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 are still active. One of these, Concepcion, lies right beside Lake Nicaragua. If you climb the volcano, you can look out and see the township of Granada, the first colonial town of the Spanish when they landed on these shores. Another large volcano, Momotombo, lies similarly on the other large 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 at the peak of this volcano.

Although Nicaragua is now a peaceful, quiet democracy, it has been troubled with hostility and rebellion in history. The most present hostility happened when the Sandinista army ousted the sitting leader of the country in the late 1970's, opening up the country to elections and democracy. Many in the recent generation recall the films and photos of the revolution as it advanced. The country is now run by a president and a congress.

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