An Overview of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is situated in Central America and is the biggest country in the region. It extends from coastline to coastline, 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 dotted 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 even now remain active. One of these, Concepcion, lies right beside Lake Nicaragua. If you climb the volcano, you can look out and catch site of the town of Granada, the initial colonial settlement of the Spanish when they landed on these shorelines. Another large volcano, Momotombo, lies similarly on the other large lake in the country, Lake Managua, and looks down over the town of Managua, the country's capitol city. Leon, the historic sister town to Granada, is able to be spotted at the peak of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is now a nonviolent, unobtrusive democracy, it has been riddled with violence and rebellion in the past. The most recent violence occurred when the Sandinista army overthrew the present leader of the country in the latter part of 1970's, opening up the country to elections and democracy. Several in the present generation recall the films and pictures of the revolution as it advanced. The country is at the moment is run by a president and a congress.

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