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Sierra Leone

First colonized in 1787 when the British founded Freetown (now the capital) as a settlement for Africans freed from slavery. The coastal region became a British colony in 1808, with the interior annexed in 1896. Independence was achieved in 1961.

Background Notes: Sierra Leone
A useful potted history is included with these US Department of State Background Notes on Sierra Leone. Also included is a range of political, economic, and geographical data, as well as information on its people, defense, and relations with the US.

Sierra Leone History from Lonely Planet
A quirky, colloquial presentation of Sierra Leone’s history presented by LonelyPlanet.com. Makes awfully good reading and may galvanize your interest in Africa’s regional history. Not only suitable for travelers.

Sierra Leone - a Country Profile from the BBC
An extremely brief historical overview accompanies this BBC Country Profile of Sierra Leone. Of particular interest are the simplified regional map (see where the country is in Africa), a photograph of Sierra Leone’s current Chief of State, and details about the countries media.

Timeline for Sierra Leone from the BBC
A chronology of important events in the history of Sierra Leone given by year (and for more recent events by month also).

CIA World Fact Book: Sierra Leone
A useful map and a range of geographical, political, and economic facts which are mostly up-to-date. Unfortunately this country profile lacks historical information (except for independence date), but the population statistics are probably the best available.

Sierra Leone's Chief of State and Cabinet Ministers
Updated weekly, this list of Sierra Leone's Chief of State and Cabinet Ministers is provided by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.

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