An Overview of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is situated in Central America and is the biggest nation in the area. It crosses from coast to coast, 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 dotted with volcanoes and lakes, Nicaragua is home to one of the biggest fresh water lakes in the world -- Lake Nicaragua.

Numerous volcanoes in the nation are still active. One of these, Concepcion, rests right alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you ascend the volcano, you can look out and see the town of Granada, the original colonial town of the Spanish when they landed on these coastlines. Another large volcano, Momotombo, lies in the same way on the other large lake in the nation, 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 peak of this volcano.

Even though Nicaragua is now a nonviolent, quiet democracy, it has remained troubled with fighting and revolution in history. The most recent fighting happened when the Sandinista army overthrew the existing leader of the nation in the late 1970's, opening up the nation to elections and democracy. Many in the current generation remember 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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