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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 artist at the end of the world
In the mid-90s, having just returned from stints as a wide-eyed journalist in Nicaragua and a teacher in the Philippines ... Sanders, a longtime English professor at Indiana Univer­sity, is the author ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Sep 2020 22:14:00 GMT

Highland woman loves working for Nicaragua Christian Education Foundation
She and her husband, John, just completed their seventh trip to Managua, Nicaragua this past February ... Triad High School in Troy and focused on English and writing in foreign languages.
Publ.Date : Fri, 21 Aug 2020 08:09:00 GMT

Government denial is raising the stakes of COVID-19 in Nicaragua
Jeannine Marie Pitas is a poet and a Spanish-English translator. She teaches literature, writing, and Spanish at the University of Dubuque. ?The government?s behavior is not rational,? said Leonel ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 23 Aug 2020 17:00:00 GMT

He Calls Baseball Games by Ear. Without Fans, His Job Is a Lot Harder.
Enrique Oliu, a blind radio broadcaster for the Tampa Bay Rays, relies on crowd noise and on-field sounds to do his job. This season, he?s had to adjust more than anyone.
Publ.Date : Fri, 11 Sep 2020 14:06:00 GMT

She fled detention and torture in Nicaragua for asylum in the United States. The government put her on a plane back home.
She was one of the most recognizable activists in Nicaragua, protesting a government ... ?We?re here for political asylum,? Alemán said in English and Spanish, words she had rehearsed ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 28 Aug 2020 03:49:00 GMT

Rockledge teacher says \'instinct kicked in,\' returns bag filled with cash
Leonardo Nicaragua saw the money and knew immediately he had to do the right thing. ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket aborts launch at last second Hurricane Laura: View from flight station of NOAA WP ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 04 Sep 2020 08:33:00 GMT

Blessed James Miller ? Wisconsin Farmer and Catholic Martyr
After earning a master?s in Spanish, Brother James was sent to teach at Cretin High School in St. Paul, Minnesota. He taught English, Spanish and religion ... one of the brothers at the mission in ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 10 Sep 2020 18:10:00 GMT

LAC post COVID-19: Challenges and opportunities for Central America, Haiti, Mexico, Panama and the Dominican Republic
For example, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala have fewer than ... Work is therefore needed to develop innovative teaching techniques, including adapting curricula and teaching methods ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2020 09:07:00 GMT

?Radical Jack? Lieberman, social activist and champion of leftist causes, dies at 70
Instead of a degree, he earned an expulsion from FSU for teaching a course called ?How ... and supporting the revolutionary forces in Nicaragua, while opposing U.S. intervention in the Central ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2020 10:00:00 GMT

Stuck at border, migrants still hope for asylum in US
Desperate migrants like Maria and thousands of others from countries including Honduras, Nicaragua ... also works in a camp library and assists teachers. Still, waiting to learn if she would ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 01 Sep 2020 17:36:00 GMT

How techno-populists put the ?Hate Machine? to work in spreading disinformation
Take a minute and try to answer this: What do Donald Trump (USA), Nicolás Maduro (Venezuela), Recep Erdo?an (Turkey), Jair Bolsonaro (Brazil), Daniel Ortega (Nicaragua), Viktor Órban (Hungary ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 03 Sep 2020 04:48:00 GMT

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