A Facinating Story

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The history of Nicaragua is absolutely fascinating! Having gone through many ups and downs, Nicaragua, and her people, are truly in bloom, with a growing tourism industry and a strong workforce of kind and hardworking people.

Now, instead of attempting to summarize thousands of years of history in the short space available, we have selected a few key points in Nicaraguan history. Points were chosen because of their importance then and/or their pertinence now.

Beautiful view of the lake1. The name “Nicaragua” is derived from the Nahuatl-speaking tribe’s name for the capital, which was Nicarao. When the Spaniards arrived, they decided to combine “Nicarao” with “Agua” (the Spanish word for water), to create “Nicaragua”.

2. There are ancient footprints that have been found by archaeologists, suggesting people inhabited this area more than 6,000 years ago.

View of the jungle and water from Jicaro, Nicaragua3. When the Spanish arrived, there were three main tribes in the country called the Niquirano, the Chorotegano and the Chontal, each of which had their own distinct language and culture.

4. The Spanish arrived in 1522, and 299 years later, in 1821, the Nicaraguan people took back their independence.

Traditional Nicaraguan Dance Costumes for the Local Schoolchildren5. From 1933-1979 a brutal dictatorship was in place, led by General Samoza and then his son and brother.

6. The current President, Daniel Ortega, has made strides towards achieving universal health care, education and work.

7. The tourism industry has grown a whopping 70% in the last 10 years.

Horse drawn carriage in Granada, Nicaragua

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