Colonized by the Spaniards, Nicaragua broke away from Spain in 1821 and became an independent republic in 1838. In 1979, the dictator Anastasio Somoza was overthrown by a popular revolution; the new left-wing Sandinista regime then faced a counterrevolutionary guerrilla campaign by the US-backed Contras. The Sandinistas lost power to an opposition coalition in the 1990 election and were defeated again in 1996 and 2001
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- I saw first hand what happened to Nicaragua during Hurricane Mitch… thank God for the Heifer Project, which enabled many Nicaraguans the opportunity to move beyond rebuilding to building toward their futures.
- In 1990, when war-weary Nicaraguans voted Ortega out of office and elected a pro-American administration, the United States promised massive economic aid and a new era of prosperity.
- The Nicaraguans are tremendously courageous people and very resourceful and resilient.
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