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This article is about the place. For the person, see Nicarao (cacique).

Nicarao is the name of the capital city of the most populous indigenous tribe when the Spanish arrived in Nicaragua. Gil González Dávila, who first explored the area, came up with this Central American country's name by combining Nicarao and the Spanish word Agua, meaning water, after the two large lakes in the west of the country, Lake Managua and Lake Nicaragua.

External sources[edit]

Facts and legends about the arrival of Nicarao to the shores of Grand Lake and Ometepe

Fernando Silva article on the historicity of Nicarao