Background: 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 region 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.
Blogs from Granada
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- December 2nd 2013 Reggae party in Leon and Granada!
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- September 16th 2013 Granada, Nicaragua
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- June 28th 2013 An Irish Pub in Nicaragua and other highlights from Granada
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- May 8th 2013 Day 32: Kayaking and Massages in Granada
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- April 2nd 2013 Las Isletas
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- February 25th 2013 When you think you've heard it all….think again!
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- January 25th 2013 Food Poisoning In Granada
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- January 1st 2013 Volcano Countries!
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- December 16th 2012 The rest of the story…..Nicaragua
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- December 14th 2012 Five down… two to go! (Wish we had 20 more!)
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- November 17th 2012 Nicaragua
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- September 18th 2012 Granada; Caballos y Monos!
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- August 15th 2012 Jonny....la gente esta muy loca.
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- August 5th 2012 Granada
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- July 4th 2012 Moi?- Now?- ¡No!
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- May 11th 2012 The Folks That Make it Happen
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- May 9th 2012 True Confessions in Granada
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- May 8th 2012 Pufferfish, North to Nicaragua and busted flat
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- April 28th 2012 Summer Arrives in Granada
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- April 26th 2012 Disaster Strikes: Nicaragua Day Trip Part Two
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