National Geographic : 1927 Mar
NICARAGUA, LARGEST OF CENTRAL AMERICAN REPUBLICS Official Photograph, U. S. Navy THE BANANA PORT OF NICARAGUA Bluefields looks down from a height into a landlocked harbor at the mouth of the Rama River. It is Nicaragua's most important port on the Caribbean. Official Photograph, U. S. Army Air Corps PEERING INTO THE PATIOS OF NICARAGUA'S COMPROMISE CAPITAL Managua is a town of narrow, cobbled streets and tinted houses with red-tiled roofs. The 156-mile railway connecting it with Corinto (see page 376) is the only one in the country, with the exception of a few privately owned tracks for industrial purposes. This city became the capital in 1855 as a compromise between the rival claims of Granada and Le6n.