// MY NAME IS DANIELAnd after years of dreaming I've sold everything I own and set off on the open road. I've made this site as a sort of photo journal of my travels. The map shows where I've been (red), where I've stayed a month or more (yellow), and where I plan to go (white). And so, armed with little more than a backpack, a camera, and a dream, I now take the road less traveled by. So it goes.
LEON Leon, which is Spanish for 'lion', was founded by the Spanish in 1524, however it was destroyed in 1610 by volcanic earthquakes and subsequently moved twenty miles further away from the volcano. Eventually Central America would succeed from Spain in 1821 and become the Federal Republic of Central America, however ideological differences between Liberal founders and Conservative founders led to a series of armed conflicts and the Republic dissolved into the separate independent countries of Central America as they are known today. Leon then became one of Nicaragua's two capitals, the other being Granada. Liberal administrations would govern from Leon in the north while conservative administrations would govern from Granada in the south, occasionally with armed conflict between the two sides, until a compromise was made and the central city of Managua was made the standing capital. The only other thing to note below is the Guasaule River, which separates Honduras from Nicaragua, which I crossed by foot when I entered the country.
GRANADA Granada is the other historic capital of Nicaragua, sitting on the shores of the massive Lake Cocibolca and surrounded by some beautiful but imposing volcanoes. The United States invaded several Latin American countries in the late 1800s and early 1900s as part of an imperialist economic strategy to expand US corporate power. Few countries were as affected as Nicaragua, which the US occupied from 1912 to 1933 in order to force the country to build a canal between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans that would be owned solely by US corporations. That canal was never finished (ultimately the canal would be built across Panama instead) and President Roosevelt would end the occupation in 1933 under the larger 'Good Neighbor Policy' but an interesting bit of trivia: nearly half a century later, in the 1970s, the Sandinista Rebels under Daniel Ortega took their name from Augusto César Sandino, a militia leader fighting against the occupation of his native Nicaragua by the United States in the the 1920s.