Real-World History of Nicaragua

Spain entered Nicaragua in the 1500's and rapidly founded it as a colony. The inhabitants of the nation rapidly became ruined because of disease, deportation, and slavery by the Spaniards. Granada was founded as the colonial head of the nation, and was one of the beginning communities built in the Americas by the Europeans.

Nicaragua continued as a settlement of Spain until 1821, at what time it declared its independence. Britain however ruled the Caribbean shore, then slowly handed over rule during the next couple of decades. In 1838, Nicaragua announced itself as an independent republic. Soon there after, a U.S. industrialist named William Walker set his sights on appropriating the nation and having the US Government occupy it as a slave country to supply the South. Subsequently, Nicaragua was in the middle of a civil war at the time. Walker did manage to gain dominance over Nicaragua, then he rapidly lost it the minute he attempted to occupy Costa Rica. Walker finally departed the nation, however was executed in Honduras shortly thereafter.

Nearly all of the 20th Century was framed by the regime of the Somozas; beginning with the father and next his sons. By the conclusion of the 1970's, turmoil amongst the population exploded into a rebellion, and finally the Somoza dynasty stopped by means of the Sandinista army. Again, the U.S. played a role in Nicaragua's past, by instructing and supplying revolutionaries to fight the Sandinistas and their rule of the nation. Finally, an end of war deal was brokered, and in 1990 the nation held its first democratic elections. They have not looked back since.

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