The family name of three violent and cruel dictators. Anastasio Somoza was the first of the Somoza’s in the Somoza dictatorship that lasted 46 years. Luis Somoza Debayle, his son, followed him and he was followed by his brother.
Somoza was the name of an influential political dynasty in Nicaragua. Their influence exceeded their combined 33 years in the presidency, as they were the power behind the other presidents of the time. They ultimately fell to a revolution led by the Sandinista National Liberation Front.