An Overview of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is situated in Central America and is the biggest country in the area. It crosses from shoreline to shoreline, 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 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, rests right alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you climb the volcano, you can overlook and see the settlement of Granada, the first colonial town of the Spanish when they appeared on these coastlines. Another large volcano, Momotombo, lies similarly on the other large lake in the country, Lake Managua, and gazes down over the community of Managua, the country's capitol city. Leon, the ancient sister community to Granada, is able to be seen at the summit of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is now a diplomatic, quiet democracy, it has remained riddled with fighting and revolution in history. The most recent fighting happened when the Sandinista army overthrew the existing ruler of the country in the latter part of 1970's, opening up the country to elections and democracy. Many in the recent generation recall the films and pictures of the revolution as it developed. The country is now run by a president and a congress.

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