History Of Liberia: A Time Line

  • 1815 to 1817 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 ...
  • 1820 to 1847 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 ...
  • 1847 to 1871 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 ...
  • 1900 to 1997 1900-1997 One Nation, Many Peoples 1903 The British and Liberian governments came to an agreement about the borders between Sierra Leone and Liberia.