• About this Collection -- Maps of Liberia, 1830-1870

    This collection of Liberia maps includes twenty examples from the American Colonization Society (ACS), organized in 1817 to resettle free black Americans in West Africa. These maps show early settlements in Liberia, indigenous political subdivisions, and some of the building lots that were assigned to settlers. This on-line presentation also includes other nineteenth-century maps of Liberia: a map prepared for a book first published ...

    • Date: 1830
  • 1815 to 1817 -- Maps of Liberia, 1830-1870

    After the struggle for liberty in the American Revolution, free and enslaved African Americans faced continued hardship and inequality. A number of white Americans, for a variety of reasons, joined them in their efforts to resolve this complex problem. One possible solution (advocated at a time when the assimilation of free blacks into American society seemed out of the question) was the complete separation ...

  • 1847 to 1871 -- Maps of Liberia, 1830-1870

    Nationhood and Survival 1847 On July 26, The Liberian Declaration of Independence was adopted and signed. In it, Liberians charged their mother country, the United States, with injustices that made it necessary for them to leave and make new lives for themselves in Africa. They called upon the international community to recognize the independence and sovereignty of Liberia. Britain was one of the first ...

  • Selected Bibliography -- Maps of Liberia, 1830-1870

    Selected Readings on Liberia Boley, G.E. Saigbe, Liberia: The Rise and Fall of the First Republic. New York: MacMillan Publishers, 1983 Cassell, C. Abayomi, Liberia: The History of the First African Republic. New York: Fountainhead Publishers', Inc, 1970. Dunn, Elwood D., and Hails, Svend E., Historical Dictionary of Liberia. African Historical Dictionaries Series. Metuchen: Scarecrow Press, 1985. Johnston, Harry, Liberia. London: Hutchinson, 1906. Liebenow, ...

  • 1900 to 1997 -- Maps of Liberia, 1830-1870

    1900-1997 One Nation, Many Peoples 1903- The British and Liberian governments came to an agreement about the borders between Sierra Leone and Liberia. 1904- The Liberian government instituted an administrative system that brought indigenous peoples into an indirect political relationship with the central government through their own paid officials. 1919- Liberia was one of the nations to sign the League of Nations covenant after ...

    • Date: 1900
  • Rights & Access -- Maps of Liberia, 1830-1870

    The maps in the Map Collections materials were either published prior to 1922, produced by the United States government, or both (see catalogue records that accompany each map for information regarding date of publication and source). The Library of Congress is providing access to these materials for educational and research purposes and is not aware of any U.S. copyright protection (see Title 17 of ...

  • 1820 to 1847 -- Maps of Liberia, 1830-1870

    From Colony to Republic 1820 The American Colonization Society sent its first group of immigrants to Sherbro Island in Sierra Leone. The island's swampy, unhealthy conditions resulted in a high death rate among the settlers as well as the society's representatives. The British governor allowed the immigrants to relocate to a safer area temporarily while the ACS worked to save its colonization project from ...