Facts about 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 bounded 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.

Several volcanoes in the nation even now remain active. One of these, Concepcion, rests right next to Lake Nicaragua. If you scale the volcano, you can overlook and catch site of the town of Granada, the initial colonial settlement of the Spanish when they arrived on these coastlines. Another big volcano, Momotombo, lies in the same way 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 from the summit of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is now a peaceful, quiet democracy, it has remained riddled with violence and rebellion in history. The most present violence occurred when the Sandinista army overthrew the existing leader of the nation in the latter part of 1970's, opening up the nation to elections and democracy. Several in the present generation remember the films and photos of the revolution as it developed. The nation is currently run by a president and a congress.

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