Facts for the Republic of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is positioned 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 scattered 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 beside Lake Nicaragua. If you climb the volcano, you can overlook and catch site of the settlement of Granada, the initial colonial village of the Spanish when they arrived on these shores. Another big volcano, Momotombo, sits similarly on the other big lake in the country, 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 spotted at the top of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is currently a peaceful, unobtrusive democracy, it has remained troubled with fighting and rebellion in history. The most present fighting happened when the Sandinista army ousted the existing ruler of the country in the late 1970's, opening up the country to elections and democracy. Several in the current generation recall the films and pictures of the revolt as it progressed. The country is now directed by a president and a congress.

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