Nicaragua

Nicaragua

Nicaragua is the largest country within the Central American republics. It lies between Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south.  Nicaragua can be characterized by its agricultural economy, its history of autocratic government, and its imbalance of regional development.  Almost all settlement and economic activity are concentrated in the western half of the country. The country’s name is derived from Nicarao, chief of the indigenous tribe that lived around present-day Lake Nicaragua during the late 15th and early 16th centuries. 

Nicaragua has a unique history in that it was the only country in Latin America to be colonized by both the Spanish and the British. Nicaragua’s population is made up mostly of Mestizos (people of mixed European and Indian ancestry). The national capital is Managua, which also is the country’s largest city and home to about one-sixth of the population.

Of Note: Although Nicaragua’s capital is Managua, the city of Granada (not to be confused with the Caribbean island of Grenada) is probably the most popular amongst tourists, and is recognized as the oldest colonial city on continental Latin America, established in 1524.

Currency: Nicaraguan Cordoba

Language: Spanish

Culture Name: Nicaraguan

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