An Overview of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is located in Central America and is the largest nation 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 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 beside Lake Nicaragua. If you climb the volcano, you can look out and see the settlement of Granada, the initial colonial settlement of the Spanish when they landed on these shores. Another large volcano, Momotombo, sits in the same way on the other large lake in the nation, Lake Managua, and looks down over the community of Managua, the country's capitol city. Leon, the ancient sister community to Granada, can be spotted from the peak of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is nowadays a nonviolent, unobtrusive democracy, it has been riddled with fighting and revolution in the past. The most recent fighting happened when the Sandinista army expelled the existing leader of the nation in the late 1970's, opening up the nation to elections and democracy. Several in the current generation recollect the films and photos of the revolt as it progressed. The nation is currently ruled by a president and a congress.

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