HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY OF WESTERN NICARAGUA: THE SPHERES OF INFLUENCE OF LEON, GRANADA, AND MANAGUA, 1519-1965.
Rept. on field work,
CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY DEPT OF GEOGRAPHY
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Sectionalism has been a pervasive influence in the history of Nicaragua. During the colonial period the cities of Leon and Granada vied for economic, social and political dominance. The political and economic strength of each city was dependent on its respective trade outlet, the productivity of its tributary area, and the size of its dependent population. With the civil wars of the 19th century Managua became the compromise capital. The new importance of coffee and cotton as export crops, coupled with major transportation improvements, has strongly enhanced Managuas competitive position in this century. Beneath a veneer of political stability a deep-seated sectional rivalry remains a dominant theme of Nicaraguan life. The historical and geographical bases of this rivalry are examined in this study. Author
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