Place:León, León, Nicaragua


Alt namesLeónsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Coordinates12.43°N 86.89°W
Located inLeón, Nicaragua     (1524 - )
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León is the second largest city in Nicaragua, after Managua. Founded by the Spanish as Santiago de los Caballeros de León, it is the capital and largest city of León Department. , the municipality of León had an projected population of 206,264.[1]

León is located along the Río Chiquito (Chiquito River), some northwest of Managua, and some east of the Pacific Ocean coast. León has long been the political and intellectual center of the nation and its National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) was founded in 1813, making it the second oldest university in Central America. León is also an important industrial, agricultural, and commercial center for Nicaragua, exporting sugar cane, cattle, peanut, plantain, and sorghum. The city has been home to many of Nicaragua's most noteworthy poets including Rubén Darío, Alfonso Cortés and Salomón de la Selva.

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