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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 regi n 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. Free elections in 1990, 1996, and again in 2001 saw the Sandinistas defeated. The country has slowly rebuilt its economy during the 1990s, but was hard hit by Hurricane Mitch in 1998.

Nicaragua (Spanish: Republica de Nicaragua, IPA is a democratic republic in Central America. It is the largest nation in the isthmus, but also the least densely populated with a demographic similar in size to its smaller neighbours. The country is bordered on the north by Honduras and on the south by Costa Rica. Its western coastline is on the Pacific Ocean, while the east side of the country is on the Caribbean Sea. Nicaragua is one of three countries in the world where abortion is illegal with no exceptions, along with El Salvador and Chile.

The country's name is derived from Nicarao, the name of the Nahuatl-speaking tribe which inhabited the shores of Lago de Nicaragua before the Spanish conquest of the Americas, and the Spanish word Agua, meaning water, due to the presence of the large lakes Lago de Nicaragua (Cocibolca) and Lago de Managua (Xolotlan), as well as lagoons and rivers in the region. At the time of the Spanish conquest, Nicaragua was the name given to the narrow strip of land between Lake Nicaragua and the Pacific Ocean. Chief Nicarao ruled over that land when the first conquerors arrived. The term was eventually applied, by extension, to the group that inhabited that region: the Nicaraos or Niquiranos.

The Nicarao tribe migrated to the area from northern regions after the fall of Teotihuacan, on the advice of their religious leaders. According to tradition, they were to travel south until they encountered a lake with two volcanoes rising out of the waters, and so they stopped when they reached Ometepe, the largest fresh-water volcanic island in the world.

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The new Nicaragua: a kingdom of surveillance, silence and fear
The Composition? is the name of one of many wonderful short stories by Chilean writer Antonio Skarmeta. The story, published in 1998 ? eight years after ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 16 Jan 2022 08:51:00 GMT

Nicaragua, the ?paradise? sought out by thousands of Cubans
Nearly two months since the announcement that Cubans entering Nicaragua would no longer need a visa, few have benefitted. Daniel Ortega?s decision fed the ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 18 Jan 2022 06:57:00 GMT

?I?m proud of me.? How a Coast district defies the odds in MS to educate English learners.
In this classroom, language is less like a barrier and more like a puzzle everyone is working on together. It?s an unusual scene in a state with one of the smallest immigrant populations in the U.S.
Publ.Date : Thu, 20 Jan 2022 04:40:09 GMT

?He said I was gorgeous but I didn?t know what that meant?; Couples who fell in love without the same language
The surprising highs of getting lost in translation with someone you feel chemistry with, and why interlinguistic couples sometimes end up investing more in their romance ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 12 Jan 2022 23:39:00 GMT

Napa Valley Prep Football: Hatton is rewarded for winning on, off field
Thomas Hatton?s last two Napa High football teams were a combined 3-12, but the senior did what he could throughout to be a winner both on and off the field.
Publ.Date : Mon, 10 Jan 2022 16:15:00 GMT

Latin America?s new economic model might emerge in Chile
Latin America?s leftist leaders hailed last month?s election of Gabriel Boric in Chile, while investors pulled back, leading the country?s currency and stock market to fall. Yet Boric has the chance ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 11 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT

The unentitled kids: California?s new generation of star college applicants
Their parents are mostly immigrants who landed in Los Angeles from Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua ... English led her to take refuge in the universal language of math and to seek out teachers ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 29 Dec 2021 05:00:00 GMT

EU, US widen Nicaragua sanctions as Ortega begins new term
Daniel Ortega was sworn in Monday as Nicaragua's president for a fourth straight term as the EU and US tightened sanctions over impugned elections held in November with all his challengers in jail.
Publ.Date : Mon, 10 Jan 2022 19:46:00 GMT

ViacomCBS secures rights to stream Premier League soccer matches in Latin America
The deal also secures exclusive English Premier League streaming rights for Paramount+ in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama, and non-exclusively in Belize and ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 13 Jan 2022 04:30:00 GMT

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