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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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UNK signs first-ever partnership agreement with Nicaraguan university
Representatives from UNK and the National University of Engineering (UNI) in Nicaragua signed an agreement Tuesday that creates a new partnership between the two institutions. It?s the first-ever bila ...
Publ.Date : Mon, 13 Sep 2021 05:30:00 GMT

Teacher of the Week: Edith Sosa from Wallace-Rose Hill High School
This week?s Teacher of the Week for September 15 is Edith Sosa from Wallace-Rose Hill High School. Sosa hails from Panama City, Panama and received her Bachelor?s Degree in French at Universidad de ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 15 Sep 2021 04:16:12 GMT

Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Students in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies concentration have recently traveled to Cuba, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica for research opportunities. Their research has ranged from the ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 08 Sep 2021 13:21:00 GMT

Connecting with my heritage as an Afro Latina Peace Corps Volunteer
Throughout my life, I have always had a deep yearning to dive into the unknown and discover unique ways to serve humanity. As a Latina of African descent, I also wanted to make connections with the ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 10 Sep 2021 11:50:00 GMT

Hagerstown native Sophie Abeles earns Fulbright teaching grant
The 2016 Saint James School graduate has spent time in Nicaragua ... a full-time teacher with reading groups, singing and other activities to help immerse the students in English.
Publ.Date : Mon, 30 Aug 2021 02:01:00 GMT

Ortega orders arrest of author Sergio Ramirez, his former Vice President
Renowned Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramirez, Daniel Ortega?s vice president from 1985-1990, was formally indicted by the regime?s legal apparatus on ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 10 Sep 2021 03:38:00 GMT

These stories can teach you about Corpus Christi\'s deep connection to Hispanic heritage
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 in communities around the U.S., and Corpus Christi is no exception.
Publ.Date : Wed, 15 Sep 2021 11:51:00 GMT

Nicaragua gov\'t squeezes doctors, talk of \'health terrorism\'
MEXICO CITY (AP) ? Other countries have lured doctors out of retirement, pushed medical students to the front lines and buoyed medical personnel exhausted by COVID-19 cases, but in Nicaragua doctors ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 12 Sep 2021 21:03:00 GMT

Central American and West Indian Archaeology
The present work appeared in 1916 and focuses on Nicaragua, Costa Rica ... Lecturers are permitted to view, print or download these resources for use in their teaching, but may not change them or use ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 16 Sep 2021 05:48:00 GMT

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