Tuesday, December 25, 2007
LIBERIA A modern independent country on the west coast of Africa, Liberia was founded in the early nineteenth century as a colony for "repatriated" African-Americans. Supported in part by the United States government, the American Colonization Society was the primary vehicle through which American blacks were returned to their "ancestral homeland" in Liberia. The colonized African-Americans quickly succeeded in acquiring effective control and power over the indigenous Liberian population, which was in large part relegated to the interior. See also: AMERICAN COLONIZATION SOCIETY and AMERICO-LIBERIANS.