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Map of the West Coast of Africa from Sierra Leone to Cape Palmas, including the colony of Liberia
An 1830 map of the West Coast of Africa including the colony of Liberia

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Independence for Liberia
July 26, 1847

In 1822, Reverend Jehundi Ashman led the settlement effort and negotiated with native people for a piece of land at Cape Mesurado. The colony grew as it became a home for freed African Americans, slaves released from the West Indies and slave ships, and many native tribal people. By 1847, Joseph Jenkins Roberts had become a leader in the colony and felt Liberia was ready for independence. Still a country today, Liberia deals with conflict between descendants of African Americans and indigenous tribes. Have you heard of Liberia before? See if you can find it on a map of West Africa.
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