Liberia

[lahy-beer-ee-uh]
noun
a republic in W Africa: founded by freed American slaves 1822. About 43,000 sq. mi. (111,000 sq. km). Capital: Monrovia.

Liberian, adjective, noun
pro-Liberian, adjective, noun
trans-Liberian, adjective
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Liberia (laɪˈbɪərɪə)
 
n
a republic in W Africa, on the Atlantic: originated in 1822 as a home for freed Afro-American slaves, with land purchased by the American Colonization Society; republic declared in 1847; exports are predominantly rubber and iron ore. Official language: English. Religion: Christian majority, also animist. Currency: dollar. Capital: Monrovia. Pop: 3 487 000 (2004 est). Area: 111 400 sq km (43 000 sq miles)

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Republic in western Africa, bordered by Sierra Leone to the northwest, Guinea to the north, the Ivory Coast to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the southwest.

Note: The American Colonization Society began settlement of black Americans, most of them freed slaves, in 1822. Eventually, 15,000 blacks emigrated to Liberia.
Note: A civil war that commenced in 1989 and that lasted until the mid-1990s claimed more than 150,000 lives.
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She held to the views that the freed slaves would colonize liberia.
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