An Overview of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is located in Central America and is the biggest country in the area. It extends from coast to coast, 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.

Several volcanoes in the country even now remain active. One of these, Concepcion, rests right beside Lake Nicaragua. If you scale the volcano, you can look out and catch site of the township of Granada, the original colonial settlement of the Spanish when they landed on these shores. Another large volcano, Momotombo, sits in the same way on the other large lake in the country, Lake Managua, and gazes down over the community of Managua, the nation's capitol city. Leon, the ancient sister community to Granada, is able to be glimpsed from the peak of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is currently a nonviolent, unobtrusive democracy, it has remained riddled with fighting and revolution in history. The most present fighting occurred when the Sandinista army overthrew the present 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 photos of the revolt as it advanced. The country is currently directed by a president and a congress.

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