Sierra LeoneSi·er·ra Le·one
country in W Africa, on the Atlantic, between Guinea & Liberia: formerly a British colony, it became independent & a member of the Commonwealth in 1961; a republic since 1971: 27,699 sq mi (71,740 sq km); cap. Freetown
A country of western Africa on the Atlantic coast. Inhabited by the Temne when the Portuguese first visited the coast in 1460, the region was later settled by Mande-speaking peoples from present-day Liberia. In 1792 freed slaves were brought from Nova Scotia to found the colony of Freetown, which was transferred to British administration in 1808. The region became a British protectorate in 1896 and achieved independence in 1961. Sierra Leone became a republic in 1971. Freetown is the capital and the largest city.
- Si·er′ra Le·o′ne·an
- Country in Western Africa. Official name: Republic of Sierra Leone.