Sierra Leone

Republic of Sierra Leone
  • Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


HISTORY. 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 pro-tectorate 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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Further Reading

  1. Atlas of Sierra Leone. Ed. Survey and Lands Dept. Freetown, 1953Google Scholar
  2. Background to Sierra Leone. Freetown, 1980Google Scholar
  3. Cole, B. P., Sierra Leone Directory of Commerce, Industry and Tourism. 1985Google Scholar
  4. Fyfe, C., A History of Sierra Leone. OUP, 1962.Google Scholar
  5. Fyfe, C. and Jones, E. (ed.) Freetown Sierra Leone Univ. Press and OUP, 1968Google Scholar
  6. Fyfe, C. N. and Jones, E. D., A Krio-English Dictionary. OUP and Sierra Leone Univ. Press. 1980Google Scholar
  7. Kup, A. P., Sierra Leone Newton Abbot, 1975Google Scholar
  8. Porter, A. T., Creoledom: A Study in the Development of Freetown Society OUP, 1963Google Scholar
  9. Riley, S. P., Sierra Leone [Bibliography] Oxford and Santa Barbara, 1989Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1991

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  • Brian Hunter

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