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Traditional dance «Corrido de Granada»

Grenada It was inhabited by peoples of Chorotega origin, which were located around the coast of the Lake Cocibolca. The Spanish named this region as Nequecherí because it was located in the dominions of the Cacique of the same name.

The city of Granada is founded between the indigenous neighborhood of Xalteva, in Nahualt “place of sandy stones” Xalli –Arena, Tetl –piedra, and Lake Cocibolca.

According to archaeological studies, Xalteva was towards the other end of the city, on the shores or almost on the banks of Lake Cocibolca, in the vicinity of the old Colegio Centroamérica; In the area known as “Tepetate” for those who were born and raised in Granada, the Xalteva neighborhood is located to the west of the city, it is the site of the indigenous town of Xalteva.

Colonial Granada

The historical evolution of Granada revolves around periods and important socio-economic events in its development and materialized in its urban structure and certain buildings, becoming one of the most beautiful and ancient colonial sites in America.

During the colonial period, Granada became one of the most important commercial ports in Central America and by 1539 in the economic center of Nicaragua with the discovery of the "Ruta del desaguadero", allowing the connection between the Atlantic and the Pacific. The development of the city was the product of the commercial prosperity of the time, especially due to sugar production, cocoa and tobacco plantations, and ranches for raising cattle and mules.

Folklore and artistic manifestations

Atabal and The Cartel

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Guitar making

Both expressions are the most representative of Granada's folklore. The atabal It leaves in October, on Saturday nights, arriving at its entrance until the early hours of the morning.

The Cartel is a popular expression dating back at least a hundred years. At that time you could see on the streets of the city, especially on Sunday mornings, a nice group of men and women of popular extraction, who wearing ridiculous and outlandish costumes, in a messy color, were dancing to the sound of a small group of philharmonic band that played cheerful music with a Nicaraguan air.

Currently, El Cartel, is on stage thanks to the scholar of Granada culture, Pepe Prego (qepd) and he appears regularly in the cultural activities of the city.

The artisan tradition

The city of Grenada is known for the embroidery on fabric with the Minardí and Richelieu hand embroidery technique can be found in the stores "Guayaberas Nora" and "Embroidery Esther", the furniture of wicker and products made of leather.

In the same way, some cabinetmakers work with wood with tradition and quality, they manufacture replicas of antique furniture such as: trunks, tables, chests ... highly valued in the market, nationally and internationally and among the antique dealers.


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