An Overview of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is located in Central America and is the largest nation in the region. It crosses from shoreline to shoreline, 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 nation that is dotted with volcanoes and lakes, Nicaragua is home to one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world -- Lake Nicaragua.

Several volcanoes in the nation even now remain active. One of these, Concepcion, sits right beside Lake Nicaragua. If you ascend the volcano, you can overlook and see the settlement of Granada, the initial colonial village of the Spanish when they arrived on these coastlines. Another large volcano, Momotombo, sits in the same way on the other large lake in the nation, Lake Managua, and gazes down over the city of Managua, the country's capitol city. Leon, the ancient sister city to Granada, can be seen at the peak of this volcano.

Although Nicaragua is nowadays a diplomatic, unobtrusive democracy, it has stayed troubled with fighting and uprising in the past. The most recent fighting occurred when the Sandinista army ousted the existing leader of the nation in the latter part of 1970's, opening up the nation to elections and democracy. Several in the present generation recall the films and photos of the revolt as it progressed. The nation is currently run by a president and a congress.

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