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[Detail] Map of Liberia. Lith. by E. Weber & Co., 1845.

Historical Research Capabilities

Coupling Maps of Liberia with research of the governing bodies of Liberia will provide students an opportunity to develop their historic research capabilities. Have students create a timeline of the governing bodies of Liberia using the special presentation History of Liberia: A Time Line and books such as those listed in the selected reading list.

The 1853 map of Liberia below indicates when parcels of lands were purchased to expand Liberia. Using this map and outside resources, students can identify who ruled over which lands at different times in the history of Liberia. Which leader saw the greatest growth in Liberia? What factors contributed to this growth? Have students consider both domestic and foreign factors such as land acquisition policies and the American Civil War.

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