On today’s podcast, we’re talking about Nicaragua and finding out some interesting facts about this very special Central American country. Welcome to Aprender Inglés con Reza y Craig.
Voice message from Xavier from Nicaragua
I find the podcasts funny and X
Reza, can you describe the Nicaraguan flag? What’s the capital? – Managua
Nicaragua gained independence from Spain on September 15, 1821, along with other Central American countries – El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Guatemala. All countries celebrate independence on the same day.
A part of what is now Nicaragua and Honduras was once a British protectorate or colony known as Mosquito Coast or Miskito Kingdom (after the native Miskito Amerindians) until 1894. The Spanish never managed to control that area. The local inhabitants were so determined not to be colonised by the Spanish that they let British, Dutch, French and any other sailors fighting against the Spanish use Mosquito Coast as a safe haven.
The name Nicaragua comes from the words nicarao and agua. The Nicarao Indians.
Nicaragua produces more than 50% of the power supply from renewable resources. (USA – 13%!). Nicaraguans use steam from the country’s volcanoes as geothermal energy.
Nicaragua belongs to the Ring of Fire, an area in the Pacific Ocean with common earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
The national sport is baseball, not football.
Nicaraguans eat gallo pinto – rice and red beans
Nicaragua doesn’t use street names or numbers
It has the oldest city in Central America. The ruins of León Viejo date back over 500 years. It’s near the famous Momotombo volcano.
The largest lake in Central America – Mar Dulce (8264 square kilometres). It has fresh water sharks!
The Samoza family formed a dictatorship which controlled the country from 1936 – 1979. In many respects they were little more than puppets of the United States administration, amassing millions of dollars through corruption and bribery in favour of US commercial and strategic interests and crushing all dissent.
There was a huge earthquake in 1972. It killed more than 10,000 people.
Great place for astronomers. Out of a total of 88 constellations found in the night sky, 86 of them can be seen clearly in Nicaragua.
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