An Overview of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is located in Central America and is the biggest nation in the area. 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 spread with volcanoes and lakes, Nicaragua is home to one of the biggest fresh water lakes in the world -- Lake Nicaragua.

Several volcanoes in the nation are still active. One of these, Concepcion, sits right alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you climb the volcano, you can look out and catch site of the settlement of Granada, the first 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 gazes down over the city of Managua, the country's capitol city. Leon, the historic sister city to Granada, can be spotted from the peak of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is currently a nonviolent, unobtrusive democracy, it has been riddled with fighting and uprising in history. The most recent fighting happened when the Sandinista army overthrew the present leader of the nation in the late 1970's, opening up the nation to elections and democracy. Several in the present generation recall the films and pictures of the revolution as it advanced. The nation is currently run by a president and a congress.

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