Facts for the Republic of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is situated in Central America and is the largest nation 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 nation that is scattered with volcanoes and lakes, Nicaragua is home to one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world -- Lake Nicaragua.

Numerous volcanoes in the nation even now remain active. One of these, Concepcion, rests right next to Lake Nicaragua. If you climb the volcano, you can look out and see the town of Granada, the first colonial settlement of the Spanish when they landed on these shores. Another large volcano, Momotombo, rests in the same way on the other large lake in the nation, Lake Managua, and gazes 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.

Although Nicaragua is currently a nonviolent, unobtrusive democracy, it has remained riddled with fighting and revolution in history. The most present fighting happened when the Sandinista army overthrew the existing leader of the nation in the latter part of 1970's, opening up the nation to elections and democracy. Several in the recent generation remember the movies and photos of the uprising as it progressed. The nation is currently ruled by a president and a congress.

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