An Overview of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is situated 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 alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you climb the volcano, you can look out and catch site of the township of Granada, the original colonial village of the Spanish when they landed on these coastlines. Another great volcano, Momotombo, rests similarly on the other great lake in the country, Lake Managua, and looks down over the community of Managua, the country's capitol city. Leon, the historic sister community to Granada, can be spotted from the top of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is currently a peaceful, quiet democracy, it has remained troubled with hostility and uprising in history. The most present hostility happened when the Sandinista army ousted the present ruler of the country in the late 1970's, opening up the country to elections and democracy. Many in the current generation recollect the movies and pictures of the revolt as it advanced. The country is currently directed by a president and a congress.

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