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U.S. Embassy in Liberia - Policy & History

The United States and Liberia's long, shared history dates back nearly two centuries.  In 1819, the U.S. Congress appropriated $100,000 for the establishment of Liberia and resettlement of freemen and freed slaves from North America by the American Colonization Society (ACS).  The first group of settlers arrived in Liberia from the United States in the 1820s. The United States, which officially recognized the Republic of Liberia in 1862.

In June 2009, the United States broke ground on a modern embassy complex, calling it a symbol of U.S. confidence in the future of the Liberia. The new complex is located at Greystone, near the Embassy's existing facilities in Mamba Point, and and was completed and dedicated by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Liberia's President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in January 2012.

Liberia and slave trade West Africans shipped to the Americas from the Gold Coast ...

Timeline: From Colony to Republic 1820 to 1847

"The fourth annual report of the American Society for Colonizing the Free People of Color of the United States."

The settlement that had been called Christopolis was renamed Monrovia after the American president, James Monroe, and the colony as a whole was formally called Liberia.

The Foundations of Liberia

The creation of an African American colony was supported by slave holders and abolitionists, but founded by a few dozen black families

Liberia's Historic Ties to the United States

For the most part, blacks were wary of the movement to remove them from their American homes, and many organized to denounce the practice, fearing it would become official policy. Nonetheless, some were attracted to the idea of liberty offered outside the United States.

"They went because they saw themselves as second-class citizens who would never be first-class citizens," said Dianne Oyler, a history professor at Fayetteville (N.C.) State University who specializes in West Africa. They also went for business opportunities and to do missionary work. But only about 13,000 immigrated over the next 40 years.

The new colony proved useful to the U.S. government in policing the illegal cross-Atlantic slave trade. Whenever the U.S. Navy seized a slave ship, it would deposit the human cargo in the new colony. It was common practice for Western naval powers to return boatloads of slaves to a convenient port in Africa, even if it wasn't the original home of the slaves. The British unloaded their slaves in Sierra Leone, the French in Gabon.

America's dumping ground was named Liberia in 1824, the same year the new settlers built Monrovia, naming it for U.S. president James Monroe, who helped establish the colony with $100,000 from funds used to police the illegal slave trade. Although it was useful to the United States, Liberia was never a U.S. possession. Before those first settlers had even set foot on Scherbo Island, the colonists had signed a constitution granting the American Colonization Society the authority to govern the colony.

I wondered how come just a single country from all of Africa voted agains the UN Resolution to commemorate Palestinian Nakba Day ... wtf

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 7th, 2023 at 05:15:53 PM EST

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