Somoza family

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Somoza Dynasty
República de Nicaragua
[[Federal Republic of Central America|]]
1937–1979 [[Nicaragua|]]
Flag Coat of arms
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

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


Anastasio Somoza Garcia was the first president who won the presidential election and took over the country. 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. The Nicaragua revolution was led by the Sandinistas and was a violent war against the Somoza's. The Sandinista's ended up winning. Jos. Three of the Somozas served as President of Nicaragua. They were:

Other members of the Somoza family include:

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