5 Indigenous Peoples of Nicaragua

American Indians (Native Americans) make up about 5% of Nicaragua’s population. Like with most of Latin American history and culture, the indigenous of Nicaragua is often not given the same amount of focus as the Spanish. The following are five indigenous peoples of the Central American nation. Let’s learn about them.


The Chorotegas arrived from southern Mexico (believed to be Chiapas) to the Pacific coast of Nicaragua around 800 or 900 AD. The language (tribes are usually separated by the language they speak) is spoken in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. Masaya, Managua, and Nicoya are all Chorotega (also known as Mangue) words.




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