I haven't written about the complex relationship between Nicaragua and the countries of the Northern Hemisphere which have sought to control its people and its land. Christopher Columbus blew through in 1502 and Nicaragua has been tangled up with the Spanish, the British, and the Americans ever since. The effects of their and our influence have not been particularly positive.
There is something telling about the final image above: a ruined and abandoned cathedral with a tourist carriage waiting out front. You can decide for yourself whether those who have dropped by Nicaragua for political, economic, religious, or sightseeing reasons have made any contribution worth noting.