Happy Birthday to Sierra Leone!

Main street in the east end of Freetown, the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone. *Photo from Wikipedia

April 27 is the Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Sierra Leone from United Kingdom in 1961.

Sierra Leone, officially the Republic of Sierra Leone, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Guinea to the north-east, Liberia to the south-east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south-west.

The Afro-European colony was founded by a British organization for freed American slaves on March 11, 1792. There were about 1,192 African Americans who were relocated from Nova Scotia to Sierra Leone following the American Revolutionary War. The residents, including women, voted that year for the first time in elections for their officers. The people named this city Freetown. Later other liberated slaves also settled at Freetown. The descendants of the various waves of black settlers were collectively referred to as the Creoles or Krios.

*Reference: Wikipedia