Facts about 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 surrounded 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 largest fresh water lakes in the world -- Lake Nicaragua.

Several volcanoes in the nation are still active. One of these, Concepcion, lies right beside Lake Nicaragua. If you scale the volcano, you can overlook and catch site of the town of Granada, the initial colonial settlement of the Spanish when they landed on these shorelines. Another big volcano, Momotombo, lies similarly on the other big lake in the nation, Lake Managua, and gazes down over the town of Managua, the country's capitol city. Leon, the ancient sister town to Granada, is able to be seen at the top of this volcano.

Even though Nicaragua is now a nonviolent, quiet democracy, it has been troubled with violence and revolution in the past. The most recent violence arose when the Sandinista army ousted the sitting ruler of the nation in the late 1970's, opening up the nation to elections and democracy. Many in the present generation recollect the movies and pictures of the revolution as it advanced. The nation is now run by a president and a congress.

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