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An Overview of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is situated in Central America and is the largest nation in the territory. It spans 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 nation that is scattered with volcanoes and lakes, Nicaragua is home to one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world -- Lake Nicaragua.

Numerous volcanoes in the nation even now remain active. One of these, Concepcion, rests right alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you scale the volcano, you can look out and see the settlement of Granada, the initial colonial village of the Spanish when they arrived on these coastlines. Another big volcano, Momotombo, sits similarly on the other big lake in the nation, Lake Managua, and looks down over the city of Managua, the nation's capitol city. Leon, the historic sister city to Granada, is able to be seen at the top of this volcano.

Even though Nicaragua is now a nonviolent, unobtrusive democracy, it has been riddled with fighting and rebellion in history. The most present fighting occurred when the Sandinista army overthrew the sitting leader 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 films and pictures of the revolt as it advanced. The nation is currently run by a president and a congress.

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