Like most countries in Central and South America, Nicaragua’s independence was wrested from Spain. In some countries Spain held the field till the bitter end and there were fierce battles. In other countries, like Costa Rica, their power and control was more gently transferred.
On the net, BBC lays out a timeline of Nicaragua’s history, a country that has been meddled with by Spain, Britain, and the United States from its inception.
There has been a succession of dictators and strong men here but,at the moment, revolutionary Daniel Ortega remains in power, duly elected, true to Marxist theology.
Independence is a good thing though you can think you have it when you don’t.
It takes years for a country to change, move from revolution to becoming a place people want to invest and start businesses, where tourists want to visit and spend money, where citizens can prosper instead of living in fear.
This birthday finds Nicaragua moving forward,but escaping your reputation is daunting, no matter who you are or where you are.
The people in the crowd are attentive and polite today as political speeches come rolling out of political mouths.
There are probably some in the crowd that wish they still belonged to Spain, but they don’t have the microphone.