La Paz Centro

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La Paz Centro
Municipality
La Paz Centro sign with background.jpg
La Paz Centro is located in Nicaragua
La Paz Centro
La Paz Centro
Location in Nicaragua
Coordinates: 12°20′24″N 86°40′31″W / 12.34000°N 86.67528°W / 12.34000; -86.67528Coordinates: 12°20′24″N 86°40′31″W / 12.34000°N 86.67528°W / 12.34000; -86.67528
Country Nicaragua
Department León Department
Area
 • Municipality 692 km2 (267 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Municipality 33,228
 • Density 48/km2 (120/sq mi)
 • Urban 22,014
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)

La Paz Centro (Spanish pronunciation: [la pas ˈsentɾo]) is a municipality in the León department of Nicaragua.

The population is approximately 10,000 people. It is located along the highway between Managua and León. The small municipality is known for its small shops and pottery. La Paz Centro is the home of the Asososca Lagoon Natural Reserve, which is one of the few water reserves in Nicaragua that remains uncontaminated. La Paz Centro and the bordering town Nagarote are in a feud between which town makes the best quesillos.

The town was the site of a battle between American Marines and Nicaraguan Liberal rebels in the aftermath of the Nicaraguan civil war (1926-1927) on May 16, 1927, prior to the Sandino Rebellion.