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In this brief video you can find seven little known facts about Nicaragua.
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1. Although Nicaragua’s capital is Managua, the city of Granada is probably the most popular amongst tourists, and in fact is the oldest city on continental Latin America. It was founded in 1524 and fought for supremacy with another city, Leon.
2. Nicaragua is what many experts call a paradise of renewable energies: extensive geothermic resources – resulting from its large volcanic chain and seismic activity. Nicaragua uses the intense steam from deep inside its volcanoes for geothermal energy. 58% of the country’s energy is currently produced by renewable sources.
3. In 1856 William Walker from Tennessee seized control and declared himself to be Nicaragua’s President. He wanted to turn it into a slave state for the United States. The following year the Nicaraguan people kicked him out and in 1860 he was executed by Honduran authorities.
4. The name Nicaragua comes from a combination of two words, “nicarao” and “agua”. The Nicarao are the Indian tribe that were occupying the shores of Lake Nicaragua when the Spaniards arrived in the 1500’s. “Agua” is the Spanish word for water. The Nicarao tribe originally immigrated to Nicaragua from Mexico, after the fall of the Aztec empire. According to legend, the Nicarao were directed to travel south until they found an island with two volcanoes in the middle of a lake. The Nicarao found Ometepe Island with two volcanoes in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, realized they had found the promised land and then setttled on the shores of Lake Nicaragua.
5. Central America’s largest lake is Lake Nicaragua, which provides the water supply for much of Nicaragua. This lake is enormous and contains the largest lake island in the world. It is also home to bull sharks, which are able to jump along the rapids of the San Juan River (which connects Lake Nicaragua and the Caribbean Sea), almost like salmon.
6. Almost all the tiny islands in the Atlantic off the coast of Granada, Nicaragua are for sale. Most prices range in the millions of dollars.
7. The United States occupation of Nicaragua from 1912 to 1933 was part of the Banana Wars, when American troops forcefully intervened with various Latin American countries from 1898 to 1934. The formal occupation began in 1912, even though there were various other assaults by the U.S. in Nicaragua throughout this period. American military interventions in Nicaragua were designed to stop any other nation except the United States of America from building a Nicaraguan Canal.
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