Facts for the Republic of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is situated in Central America and is the largest country 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 country that is spread with volcanoes and lakes, Nicaragua is home to one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world -- Lake Nicaragua.

Several volcanoes in the country are still active. One of these, Concepcion, sits right next to Lake Nicaragua. If you climb the volcano, you can look out and catch site of the settlement of Granada, the initial colonial village of the Spanish when they landed on these shorelines. Another big volcano, Momotombo, lies 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 seen at the top of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is nowadays a nonviolent, unobtrusive democracy, it has been riddled with hostility and rebellion in the past. The most recent hostility happened when the Sandinista army overthrew the sitting leader of the country in the latter part of 1970's, opening up the country to elections and democracy. Many in the current generation recollect the movies and photos of the revolt as it developed. The country is currently ruled by a president and a congress.

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