Facts for the Republic of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is situated in Central America and is the biggest nation in the area. It spans from coast to coast, 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 dotted with volcanoes and lakes, Nicaragua is home to one of the biggest fresh water lakes in the world -- Lake Nicaragua.

Several volcanoes in the nation are still active. One of these, Concepcion, sits right alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you scale the volcano, you can look out and see the township of Granada, the initial colonial village of the Spanish when they arrived on these shores. Another big volcano, Momotombo, lies similarly on the other big lake in the nation, Lake Managua, and gazes down over the community of Managua, the nation's capitol city. Leon, the historic sister community to Granada, can be spotted from the summit of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is currently a nonviolent, unobtrusive democracy, it has remained riddled with violence and revolution in the past. The most present violence happened when the Sandinista army overthrew the present ruler of the nation in the latter part of 1970's, opening up the nation to elections and democracy. Several in the current generation recall the movies and photos of the revolution as it advanced. The nation is currently ruled by a president and a congress.

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