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Facts for the Republic of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is located in Central America and is the largest country in the territory. 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 largest fresh water lakes in the world -- Lake Nicaragua.

Numerous volcanoes in the country are still active. One of these, Concepcion, rests right next to Lake Nicaragua. If you ascend the volcano, you can overlook and see the town of Granada, the original colonial settlement of the Spanish when they arrived on these coastlines. Another great volcano, Momotombo, sits similarly on the other great lake in the country, Lake Managua, and gazes down over the community of Managua, the country's capitol city. Leon, the historic sister community to Granada, is able to be glimpsed from the peak of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is currently a peaceful, quiet democracy, it has been troubled with fighting and revolution in the past. The most recent fighting occurred when the Sandinista army overthrew the sitting ruler of the country in the late 1970's, opening up the country to elections and democracy. Several in the present generation recall the movies and photos of the revolt as it advanced. The country is currently run by a president and a congress.

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