Facts for the Republic of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is located in Central America and is the largest nation in the area. It spans from coastline to coastline, 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 nation that is scattered with volcanoes and lakes, Nicaragua is home to one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world -- Lake Nicaragua.

Several volcanoes in the nation even now remain active. One of these, Concepcion, rests right alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you climb the volcano, you can look out and catch site of the settlement of Granada, the initial colonial village of the Spanish when they landed on these shores. Another big volcano, Momotombo, sits in the same way on the other big lake in the nation, 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 glimpsed from the peak of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is currently a nonviolent, quiet democracy, it has remained troubled with violence and rebellion in history. The most present violence happened when the Sandinista army overthrew the sitting leader of the nation in the latter part of 1970's, opening up the nation to elections and democracy. Many in the present generation recall the films and photos of the revolution as it advanced. The nation is at the moment is run by a president and a congress.

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