Facts about Nicaragua

Nicaragua is situated in Central America and is the biggest country in the area. It crosses from shoreline to shoreline, 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 country 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 country are still active. One of these, Concepcion, rests right next to Lake Nicaragua. If you climb the volcano, you can overlook and see the town of Granada, the first colonial village of the Spanish when they landed on these coastlines. Another great volcano, Momotombo, lies similarly on the other great lake in the country, Lake Managua, and gazes down over the city of Managua, the nation's capitol city. Leon, the ancient sister city to Granada, is able to be spotted from the peak of this volcano.

Although Nicaragua is currently a nonviolent, quiet democracy, it has remained riddled with hostility and revolution in history. The most recent hostility occurred when the Sandinista army overthrew the sitting ruler of the country in the late 1970's, opening up the country to elections and democracy. Many in the current generation remember the movies and photos of the revolt as it progressed. The country is now run by a president and a congress.

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