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Introduction to Nicaraguan Culture

Nicaragua's fascinating culture is filled with a mix ofSpanish, English, Christian and indigenous customs.

The impact of these groups on Nicaraguan culture varies widely by geographic location. The western half of Nicaragua was colonized by Spain so the people speak Spanish, practice Catholicism and have many of the same traditions as other Latin American countries that were former Spanish colonies.

The eastern half of the country was under British control, so most people from this area speak English as their first language and are Protestant. However, there is a small group of Sumos and Ramas people on the east coast who remain culturally distinct by keeping their tribal customs and languages; the Atlantic coast has a strong African influence making it more similar to the Caribbean Coast.

The mix of religions, languages and traditions is what makes Nicaragua the beautiful and complex country that it is.

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