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Granada City
Lake Nicaragua
Leon City
Managua City
Momotombo Volcano
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Gallo Pinto Traditional dish of rice and black beans
Quesillo de Leon Cheese The most famous quesillo stands are located on the highway between the Leon and Managua.

Geography »

Physiographic FeaturesTypeAsNotedIn
Lake Nicaragua

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Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Costa Rica and Honduras - The World Factbook

Data »

Particulars for Nicaragua:
Locale Type Nation
Food Attribute Nicaraguan Food

Corruption Perceptions Index - 2014, Transparency International: 133

History »

The Pacific coast of Nicaragua was settled as a Spanish colony from Panama in the early 16th century. Independence from Spain was declared in 1821 and the country became an independent republic in 1838. Britain occupied the Caribbean Coast in the first half of the 19th century, but gradually ceded control of the region in subsequent decades. Violent opposition to governmental manipulation and corruption spread to all classes by 1978 and resulted in a short-lived civil war that brought the Marxist Sandinista guerrillas to power in 1979. Nicaraguan aid to leftist rebels in El Salvador caused the US to sponsor anti-Sandinista contra guerrillas through much of the 1980s. After losing free and fair elections in 1990, 1996, and 2001, former Sandinista President Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra was elected president in 2006 and reelected in 2011. The 2008 municipal elections, 2010 regional elections, November 2011 presidential elections, and 2012 municipal elections were marred by widespread irregularities. Nicaragua's infrastructure and economy - hard hit by the earlier civil war and by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 - are slowly being rebuilt, but democratic institutions have been weakened under the ORTEGA administration. - The World Factbook

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