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.
1. 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.
4. The Spanish arrived in 1522, and 299 years later, in 1821, the Nicaraguan people took back their independence.
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.