An Overview of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is located in Central America and is the largest nation in the territory. It crosses from coastline to coastline, 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 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 beside Lake Nicaragua. If you scale the volcano, you can overlook and catch site of the settlement of Granada, the original colonial settlement of the Spanish when they landed on these coastlines. Another big volcano, Momotombo, rests in the same way on the other big lake in the nation, Lake Managua, and gazes down over the community of Managua, the country's capitol city. Leon, the historic sister community to Granada, is able to be seen from the peak of this volcano.

Even though Nicaragua is currently a peaceful, quiet democracy, it has remained riddled with fighting and rebellion in history. The most present fighting happened when the Sandinista army ousted the sitting leader of the nation in the late 1970's, opening up the nation to elections and democracy. Several in the present generation remember the movies and photos of the uprising as it advanced. The nation is now ruled by a president and a congress.

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