Facts for the Republic of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is situated in Central America and is the largest country in the region. 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 country that is dotted with volcanoes and lakes, Nicaragua is home to one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world -- Lake Nicaragua.

Numerous volcanoes in the country are still active. One of these, Concepcion, rests right alongside Lake Nicaragua. If you scale the volcano, you can look out and catch site of the township of Granada, the initial colonial village of the Spanish when they appeared on these shorelines. Another big volcano, Momotombo, sits similarly on the other big lake in the country, Lake Managua, and looks down over the city of Managua, the country's capitol city. Leon, the ancient sister city to Granada, is able to be spotted from the crest of this volcano.

Although Nicaragua is currently a peaceful, unobtrusive democracy, it has remained riddled with fighting and uprising in history. The most present fighting happened when the Sandinista army overthrew the existing ruler of the country in the latter part of 1970's, opening up the country to elections and democracy. Several in the current generation remember the films and pictures of the revolution as it developed. The country is currently run by a president and a congress.

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