Nicaragua is a beautiful country with many lakes and volcanoes. It also has rich deposits of copper and gold. The people of Nicaragua, though, have suffered many years of war and hardship. For over 40 years, the Somoza family ruled Nicaragua as dictators. General Somoza took land from poor farmers and gave it to wealthy families. He closed schools. He said the people were oxen and didn’t need to be educated.
War broke out and the Somoza family was thrown from power. Two groups, the Sandinistas and the Contras, fought for power. Today, the country has a democracy. The country has schools and hospitals.
Fun Facts about Nicaragua for Kids
- 5,774,000 people live in Nicaragua.
- The country has 50,193 square miles of land.
- The official language is Spanish.
- 97 percent of people are Christian.
- 68 percent of adults can read.
- People in Nicaragua can expect to live to be 69 years old.
- Hardship: difficult experiences
- Dictator: a ruler who makes every decision
- Oxen: large, strong cattle used for work
Learn More All About Nicaragua
This is the best video we found for kids to learn about Nicaragua:
This video is about Nicaragua’s history and culture, festivals and traditions as well as the beautiful cities of the country.
Question: Does Nicaragua have rain forests?
Map of Nicaragua
Here’s a map of the country of Nicaragua and all its cities and villages. Zoom in to get into street level or zoom out to see other countries around Nicaragua! You can see the terrain, but also see the roads, images of the buildings and even take a 3D tour through the streets of the cities of Nicaragua, as though you are actually there!