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Nicaragua - facts for kids

Map of Nicaragua - facts for kids

Nicaragua is a Central American republic. It covers an area of 53,938 square miles and is bordered by Honduras in the north and by Costa Rica in the south. There are three main regions: the forested, hot, rainy Caribbean lowlands; the high, cool Central highlands; and the Pacific lowlands.

Most of the 5,785,846 (July 2008 estimate) people live in the fertile Pacific coastlands. The chief crops include coffee, cotton and sugar. The capital and largest city, Managua, is located in the Pacific region. The Central highlands are the second most important farming region. Managua is the main industrial center and leading products include processed foods and clothing.

The area that is now Nicaragua was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1502. For about 300 years, control of the area passed from Spain to England and other European powers. Nicaragua became completely independent in 1838.

Nicaragua - facts for kids

The map shows the location (marked in black) of the Central American republic of Nicaragua.

 Gold Cordoba is money Nicaragua

Gold Cordoba is money of Nicaragua

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