Facts about Nicaragua

Nicaragua is located in Central America and is the biggest country in the area. It crosses from coast to coast, 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 scattered with volcanoes and lakes, Nicaragua is home to one of the biggest fresh water lakes in the world -- Lake Nicaragua.

Numerous volcanoes in the country even now remain active. One of these, Concepcion, rests right next to Lake Nicaragua. If you scale the volcano, you can look out and see the township of Granada, the original colonial village 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 country, 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 peak of this volcano.

While Nicaragua is now a peaceful, quiet democracy, it has been riddled with violence and revolution in the past. The most present violence arose when the Sandinista army overthrew the present leader of the country in the late 1970's, opening up the country to elections and democracy. Several in the present generation remember the films and pictures of the revolution as it progressed. The country is now ruled by a president and a congress.

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