Democratic Party (Nicaragua)

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Democratic Party
Partido Democrático
Historical leaders Patricio Rivas,
Laureano Pineda,
William Walker,
José Santos Zelaya,
José María Moncada,
Juan Bautista Sacasa
Founded 1838 (1838)
Dissolved 1936 (1936)
Merged into Nationalist Liberal Party
Headquarters León, Nicaragua
Ideology Liberalism (Nicaraguan)
Political position Centre-left
International affiliation None
Colors      Maroon

The Democratic Party (Spanish: Partido Democrático, PD) was a Nicaraguan political party in the 19th century. The power base of the liberal Democratic Party was in the city of León; while their conservative counterparts were centered in Grenada. The Democrats were opposed to the Legitimists who expelled the Democrats from the constitutional assembly in 1853, driving them underground or into exile, and promulgated a constitution of 1854.

The Democrats rejected the constitution and the Legitimist government and fought against it with the help of filibuster William Walker.

The liberal parties in Nicaragua have their roots in the historical Democratic Party.


Starting in 1838, Nicaraguan politics were split between the Liberal mindset that was centered in León and the opposition—the conservative mindset—was based in Grenada. In 1909, the Democratic Party of Nicaragua discovered its first major calamity—and set back as a political party concerned in its further influence in its country—when the United States came out in favor of Nicaragua's conservative party's interests. From 1912 to 1925, the United States helped the conservative party maintain stability from rebellious factors in Nicaragua with a small detachment of Marines.[1]


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