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Central America is the central geographic region of the Americas. It is variably defined either as being a region of the Americas in its own right or as the southern portion of North America. Physiographically, Central America is a tropical isthmus that connects North and South America. It includes 7 countries and many small offshore islands. Overall, the land is fertile and rugged, and dominated through its heart by a string of volcanic mountain ranges with a few active volcanos.

Bluefields is the capital of the municipality of the same name, and of the South Atlantic Autonomous Region of southeastern Nicaragua, and was the capital of the former Zelaya department, which was divided into the North and South Atlantic Autonomous Regions. It is located on Bluefields Bay at the mouth of the Escondido River. The population of city was 57,256 in 2000.
Bluefields is Nicaragua's chief Caribbean port, from where hardwood and seafood, mostly shrimp and lobster, are exported. Bluefields was a rendezvous for English and Dutch buccaneers in the 16th and 17th century and became capital of the British protectorate over the Mosquito Coast in 1678. During United States interventions 1912 to 15, 1926-33 in Nicaragua, Marines were stationed there. In 1984, the United States mined the harbor along with those of Corinto and Puerto Sandino. Bluefields was destroyed by Hurricane Joan in 1988 but was rebuilt. The population of Bluefields is mixed mestizo, indian, and black.
The city is located beside the Bay of its same name Bluefields and it is integrated by 17 neighborhoods including the Port of El Bluff, located on the peninsula of its same name El Bluff. This peninsula has become a true island that closes the Bay of Bluefields on the east side little by little. El Bluff has an extension of 1.29 square kilometers and it is about 8 kilometers from Bluefields.

Bluefields is definitely one of the popular tourist attractions in Central America worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place leaves a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justifies the proud cultural tradition of Central America.

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