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Mount Pleasant





The highest point of Big Corn island with an elevation of 250 meters above sea level, where fantastic views over the island as well as the Caribbean can be enjoyed. From up here you can see part of this ten square kilometer paradise island, situated 70 km east off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. “Mount Pleasant” is a natural lookout to where the first inhabitants of the island, “the Kukras”, most likely saw the first English pirates arriving to their coasts. Years later this high peak was also used by the English to protect the island from Spanish galleons.

There are some theories about the origin of the name “Corn Island”. Probably the most accurate hypothesis is about the first English looking for meat provisions in the island; they could not pronounce properly the word “carne”, which means “meat”, so then the origin of the name. Corn Island and Little Corn Island were British colonies from 1655 to 1893; the Liberal Nicaraguan president Jose Santos Zelaya claimed the Islands back to Nicaragua in 1894. The United States got a lease over the Islands under the Chamorro-Bryan treaty of 1914, which then was abolished under the administration of Anastasio Somoza Debayle in 1970.

Mount Pleasant is one of the many attractions that can be pleasantly enjoyed in Big Corn Island. In the last years tourism has been growing, having to some extent a good impact on the economy of the island, though the main economic activity is still the fishing industry. Besides hills and lookouts Corn Island offers unique experiences on coral reefs, scuba diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, biking, culinary culture and undeniably the friendliness of the Creole culture.

Activities
Hiking • Landscapes • Traditions & Legends • Fresh Water Fishing • Snorkeling • Scuba Diving

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