Somoza family

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Somoza Dynasty
República de Nicaragua
Capital Managua
Languages Spanish
Government Military dictatorship
Historical era Cold War
 •  Nicaraguan presidential election, 1936 January 1, 1937
 •  Nicaraguan Revolution 1960s
 •  Disestablished July 17, 1979
Currency Nicaraguan córdoba
Preceded by
Succeeded by

The Somoza family was an influential political dynasty who ruled Nicaragua as a family dictatorship from 1936 to 1979.


Anastasio Somoza Garcia assumed the presidency after luring rebel leader Augusto César Sandino to peace talks, and murdering Sandino soon afterwards. Although they only held the presidency for 30 of those 43 years, they were the power behind the other presidents of the time through their control of the National Guard. Their regime was overthrown by the Sandinista National Liberation Front during the Nicaraguan Revolution.

Three of the Somozas served as President of Nicaragua. They were:

Other members of the Somoza family include:

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