Masaya is a stratovolcano in Nicaragua, Central America, with a city of the same name. It has erupted frequently in historical times. During the rainy season, it is common for rainwater to percolate into the volcano, causing it to emit lots of acidic steam. The population of Masaya is of about 150,000 people of mostly indigenous, German or Spanish ancestry, and the only city in Pacific and Mountainous Nicaragua with the highest unmixed indigenous population.
MASAYA, the capital of the department of Masaya, Nicaragua, 13 m.
W.N.W. of Lake Nicaragua and the city of Granada, on the eastern shore of Lake Masaya, and on the Granada-Managua railway.
Lake Masaya occupies an extinct crater; the isolated volcano of Masaya (3000 ft.) on the opposite side of the lake was active at the time of the conquest of Nicaragua in 1522, and the conquerors, thinking the lava they saw was gold, had themselves lowered into the crater at the risk of their lives.
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