Liberia[lī bir′ē ə]
country on the W coast of Africa: founded (1821) by the American Colonization Society as settlement for freed U.S. slaves; established as an independent republic in 1847: 38,250 sq mi (99,067 sq km): pop. 2,102,000; cap. Monrovia
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A country of western Africa on the Atlantic Ocean. It was founded (1821) through the efforts of the American Colonization Society and settled mainly by freed slaves from 1822 to the 1860s. Liberia is the oldest independent country in Africa (established 1847). A military coup in 1980 initiated a period of despotic government and civil unrest leading to full-scale civil war in 1990. A cease-fire agreement was reached in 1996, and elections were held in 1997. Monrovia is the capital and the largest city. Population: 3,200,000.
- Li·beˈri·an adjective & n.
liberia - Cultural Definition
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- The American Colonization Society began settlement of black Americans, most of them freed slaves, in 1822. Eventually, 15,000 blacks emigrated to Liberia.
- A civil war that commenced in 1989 and that lasted until the mid-1990s claimed more than 150,000 lives.