Discovery of Sierra Leone
This chapter is an account of the discovery of Sierra Leone by the Portuguese adventurer Pedro de Sintra who christened it Sierra Lyao, Lion Mountains. It explores how the country went from a place where navigators sailing the coast of West Africa stopped for drinking water to become the location of the infamous Lomboko slave factory. Sierra Leone remained a lucrative hub for the Transatlantic Slave Trade until the trade was abolished. The chapter discusses the slave trade partnership between the American founding father, Henry Laurens, and Richard Oswald, owner of the notorious Bunce Island slave factory in Sierra Leone. The two men were signatories to the Treaty of Paris (1783) that ended the American Revolutionary war.