Sierra Leone

  • John Paxton
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The Colony of Sierra Leone originated in the sale and cession, in 1787, by native chiefs to English settlers, of a piece of land intended as a home for natives of Africa who were waifs in London, and later it was used as a settlement for Africans rescued from slave-ships. The hinterland was declared a British protectorate on 21 Aug. 1896. Sierra Leone became independent as a member state of the Commonwealth on 27 April 1961, and a republic on 19 April 1971.


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Books of Reference

  1. Atlas of Sierra Leone. Ed. Survey and Lands Dept. Freetown. 1953Google Scholar
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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1981

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  • John Paxton

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