Facts for the Republic of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is positioned in Central America and is the largest nation in the region. It extends 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 spread 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 are still active. One of these, Concepcion, rests right beside Lake Nicaragua. If you scale the volcano, you can look out and see the settlement of Granada, the initial colonial settlement of the Spanish when they landed 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 community of Managua, the country's capitol city. Leon, the ancient sister community to Granada, is able to be spotted from the crest of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is currently a nonviolent, unobtrusive democracy, it has been riddled with fighting and revolution in the past. The most present fighting happened 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. Many in the recent generation recall the films and photos of the revolt as it developed. The nation is now ruled by a president and a congress.

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