An Overview of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is situated in Central America and is the largest nation in the area. It crosses 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 dotted with volcanoes and lakes, Nicaragua is home to one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world -- Lake Nicaragua.

Some volcanoes in the nation even now remain active. One of these, Concepcion, sits right alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you scale the volcano, you can look out and catch site of the town of Granada, the original colonial village of the Spanish when they arrived on these coastlines. Another large volcano, Momotombo, sits in the same way on the other large lake in the nation, Lake Managua, and looks down over the city of Managua, the nation's capitol city. Leon, the ancient sister city to Granada, is able to be spotted from the crest of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is currently a diplomatic, unobtrusive democracy, it has stayed riddled with hostility and revolution in history. The most recent hostility happened when the Sandinista army expelled the existing leader of the nation in the latter part of 1970's, opening up the nation to elections and democracy. Many in the present generation remember the films and photos of the revolution as it advanced. The nation is currently ruled by a president and a congress.

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