Liberia Facts and African Folklore
A community of free and freed slaves from the United States in what is today Liberia began in 1822. Liberia is bounded by Sierra Leone to the northwest, Guinea to the north, Côte d’Ivoire to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south and west.
Providence Island In 1816, political leaders, philanthropists, and former - slaveholders in the United States formed the American Colonization Society “to promote and execute a plan of colonization for the free people of color residing in our country (U.S.) in Africa”.
Immediately following the granting of a charter by the Congress of the United States, the Society elected Judge Bushrod Washington, the nephew of George Washington, as their first president.
Among the organizers were: Elisha Caldwell, Clerk of the U. S. Supreme Court; Henry Clay; Francis Scott Key, the author of the “Star Spangled Banner”; Robert Finley, former President of the University of Georgia; Elizah J. Mills, Congressman from Massachusetts; Charles Marshall of Vermont; John Randolph of Virginia; and Ezrah Stiles Goodleo Harper named the colony Liberia, from the Latin “liber” meaning free..
Liberia Facts and African folklore
Hard-headed boys must not fish where the Water People live. Forbidden Fishing African Folktale from Liberia teaches Domo reads the writing on the wall but is too hardheaded to see it, he is what we call the hardest of the hardheads.
Liberian independence was proclaimed in 1847, and its boundaries were expanded.
Liberia three additional facts about the economy
Liberia is a low-income country that relies heavily on foreign assistance and remittances from the diaspora.
Liberia has been both a source and a destination for refugees. During Liberia’s 14-year civil war (1989-2003), more than 250,000 people became refugees and another half million were internally displaced. In the 1990s and early 2000s, civil war and government mismanagement destroyed much of Liberia's economy, especially infrastructure in and around the capital. Much of the conflict was fueled by control over Liberia’s natural resources. During the 2014-2015 Ebola crisis, the economy declined and many foreign-owned businesses departed with their capital and expertise. In 2017, gold was a key driver of growth, as a new mining project began its first full year of production; iron ore exports are also increased as Arcelor Mittal opened new mines at Mount Gangra.
Liberia, in 2017, gold was a key driver of growth, as a new mining project began its first full year of production; iron ore exports are also increased as Arcelor Mittal opened new mines at Mount Gangra.
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Lagoons, mangrove swamps, and river-deposited sandbars describe the coastline of Liberia; the inland grassy plateau supports limited agriculture.