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Updated on July 28, 2011


The proposal to ship freed slaves to Africa was the plan of Thomas Jefferson.The first arrivals of these free slaves started in 1821, to what is now Liberia. Portuguese contact with Liberia in 1461 named it Costa da Pimenta, Pepper Coast, because it had an abundance of grains of melegueta pepper. The Dutch built a trading post there in 1602 and the British did the same in1663. In 1847 Liberia declared itself a free nation.

The British formed the colony of Freetown, for the free slaves in their country in 1787, in Sierra Leon. Most of these slaves were those who helped the British fight the American Revolution War.

Paul Cuffee, an African-American and 9 other blacks, used his own money to bring 38 freed slaves out of the United States and deliver them to the British Colony of Freetown, aboard his flagship, the Traveller, in 1811. He later died in 1817.

Virginian politician Charles Mercer and Presbyterian minister Robert Finlay of New Jersey formed the American Colony Society (ACS) in Washington, D.C., in 1816.

Colonization was put into effect due to the rapid increase in the slave population in the 1800's and the fear whites had of free slaves convincing the owned slaves to rebel. In fact this is exactly what happened in Virginia, known as the Gabriel rebellion of 1800-1802.




The first President and first Lady of Liberia was Joseph and Jane Roberts. Joseph was the first ACS governor of Liberia in 1841. In 1856 he became president of Liberia college and then became President of Liberia again from1872 -1876, when he died.His second wife Jane, was born in 1818 and was the daughter of a Baptist minister of Liberia.Roberts had written to the United States asking for help to purchase more land for the 5,700 population.

The slave importation was stopped in 1808. The President of the United States had sent naval squadron to the African water to apprehend illegal slave traders and allocated $100,000 to resettle recaptured slaves in Africa.


Today Liberia is one of Africa's culturally rich and diverse countries The name Liberia means "land of freedom."

July 26th is the 164th independence day for Liberia.

William Bull is Liberia ambassador to the U.S.and he says, "this holiday is used to bring together Liberians in the U.S."

There is still the constitutional right to vote problem in Liberia. Their constition says that anyone who declare allegiance to another country automatically loses his or hers citizenship. Without citizenship you can not vote.


Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Harvard Kennedy School alumna, is the first woman to be elected of an African nation. She has endured death threats, incarceration and exile. She is the 24th President of Liberia.

It's been seven years since the fighting in Liberia has ceased but the bones of those slaughtered, including previous Presidents, are being found everywhere.

Hopefully this country that holds many stories of slavery, of returning home, of being free, can now begin to heal and to prosper within itself to make it a great nation for Liberians and those who wish to visit. There is so much that can be offered from this country in the richness of their history to their style of music and the choice of clothing. Its all there for the viewing.



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      6 years ago

      Hello, roshall,

      This is an awesome, useful and interesting hub and I clicked each of those buttons and voted up.

      As a matter of fact, this is one of the most educational and informative hubs I have read on HubPages and thank you very much for writing and publishing it.

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      7 years ago from Ohio

      Hi Nell Rose, thanks for commenting. I love telling my grand children about things in history. I feel history can teach a person so much about life then and now. I admire your writing abilities and will be reading more from you.Have a great day.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, I agree, everybody should know what happened in history, I remember reading at school how England, so appalled at Slavery were the first people to abolish it, this lead to fighting with the Americans, the Dutch, the Portuguese and the French, but we did it. I think a lot of it came from the fact that for centuries we were slaves to the romans, 600 years they held our country in its grip, until eventually they moved out, seems a bit pointless coming here in the first place! lol really interesting hub, thanks nell

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      7 years ago from Ohio

      I wished everyone felt like us on this subject!!!Thanks for reply.

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      7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Children do need to learn black history and they need to have a clear understanding. The world would be a better place if all of us understod what others had experienced. I will be reding more of your work.:)

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      7 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for commenting. You are so right and I wish freedom to all also. I write this kind of stuff so my grand kids will know about History in general but also about Black history that seems to get lost or buried all together. Again thanks and I will be reading more from you. Have a great day.

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      7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I knew abou this in College and it was the first time I clearly understood the trade. There is so much more to the slave trade. The same people that were shipping lives back, were the same ones that brought them over and Africa sold there own people. Nobody should be enslaved and the history is so sad, cruel and inhumane. I hope that one day all people will honestly have complete freedom. :)

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      7 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks junko i will continue to try to educate as many as possible along with myself and my hub family.Have a great day.Glad someone sees this effort.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks roshall, I'm glad you do what you do to teach the adults. Many perish with no historical knowledge of themselves. vote up & useful

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      7 years ago from Ohio

      Hi Peter, you right that's why I write these stories. If the adults don't know than 9 times out of 10 the kids won't know, so if I get the adults to read maybe they will share with kids over dinner. thanks for commenting

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      7 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Lots of good information. Things not known by Americans that should be known. I'm following you,



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