Happy Birthday to Liberia!

Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia. *Photo from Wikipedia

July 26 is Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Liberia from the American Colonization Society in 1847.

Liberia is a country which was founded, established, colonized, and controlled by citizens of the United States and ex-Caribbean slaves as a colony for former African American slaves and their free black descendants. It is one of only two sovereign countries in the world that were started by citizens and ex-Caribbean slaves of a political power as a colony for former slaves of the same political power, the other being Sierra Leone, established by Great Britain.
In 1847, Liberia proclaimed its independence from the American Colonization Society (ACS), a group which supported the migration of free African Americans to the continent of Africa. Liberia is the only African republic to have self-proclaimed independence without gaining independence through revolt from any other power, and is Africa’s first and oldest modern republic. Liberia retained its independence during the Scramble for Africa.

Liberia, officially the Republic of Liberia, is a country on the West African coast. Liberia means “Land of the Free” in Latin.

*Reference: Wikipedia