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.
Nicaragua culture exchange opportunity for students
Quinnipiac?s Department of Cultural and Global Engagement is looking for student volunteers to take part in a language exchange program with students who are learning English in Nicaragua. Students at ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 15 Oct 2021 20:00:00 GMT
Dr. Robin Montgomery: Preston Kolb family returns from ministry in Nicaragua
The dream led to the activation of a ministry in, of all places, Nicaragua, that Central American Country under the tutelage of Daniel Ortega, once internationally known and feared revolutionary ally ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 06 Oct 2021 18:45:00 GMT
I never expected to retire to Panama ? but we are living \'very comfortably\' on $1,200 a month
Kris Cunningham never expected to be living in Panama. When her husband, Joel, started talking about retiring to Central America, "I thought he had lost his mind." She didn't have a passport and had ...
Publ.Date : Sat, 16 Oct 2021 00:24:00 GMT
A Coast city has the biggest Latino population in MS. The community is shaping its future.
The 2020 census showed that Mississippi?s Latino community has grown even as the state population declined. In this Coast city, 15% of people are Latino.
Publ.Date : Wed, 13 Oct 2021 09:45:35 GMT
As Hispanic Heritage Month wraps up, students and teachers reflect on resilience
Chalkbeat spoke to Hispanic and Latino teachers and students this month about how COVID-19 affected them and how they are celebrating their cultures.
Publ.Date : Fri, 15 Oct 2021 10:08:00 GMT
Hispanic Heritage Month closes at Kinsey
Kinsey Elementary School in Sioux Center has capped off a month of activities to educate and celebrate Hispanic cultures as part of National Hispanic American Heritage Month.
Publ.Date : Wed, 13 Oct 2021 12:00:00 GMT
FSLN launches electoral campaign in ?constant abuse of state resources?
The Observatorio Ciudadano Urnas Abiertas denounced the ?constant abuse of state resources? by the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) in ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 06 Oct 2021 09:44:00 GMT
Significance of Hispanic heritage continues to grow in Acadiana
As she lived and became more involved in Lafayette she witnessed the growth of the Hispanic community. She is proud to learn more about other cultures and to share her culture and language with as ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 13 Oct 2021 18:00:00 GMT
US: Nicaragua\'s elections \'have lost all credibility\'
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) ? The U.S. State Department said Thursday that next month?s presidential elections in Nicaragua ?have lost all credibility? because of President Daniel Ortega?s ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 14 Oct 2021 17:43:00 GMT
Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin fight for Latino votes
"We got Peru, Nicaragua, El Salvador ... Ken Cuccinelli's stances on birthright citizenship and speaking only English in the workplace, which he says he found "reprehensible." ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 15 Oct 2021 13:44:00 GMT