An Overview of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is positioned in Central America and is the biggest nation in the area. It extends 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 biggest fresh water lakes in the world -- Lake Nicaragua.

Some volcanoes in the nation are still active. One of these, Concepcion, rests right alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you scale the volcano, you can overlook and catch site of the settlement of Granada, the first colonial settlement of the Spanish when they appeared on these shores. Another big volcano, Momotombo, sits in the same way on the other big lake in the nation, Lake Managua, and looks 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 peak of this volcano.

Even though Nicaragua is now a diplomatic, unobtrusive democracy, it has been riddled with fighting and uprising in history. The most recent fighting arose when the Sandinista army ousted the present leader of the nation in the latter part of 1970's, opening up the nation to elections and democracy. Many in the current generation recollect the films and pictures of the uprising as it advanced. The nation is at the moment is directed by a president and a congress.

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