July 26, 1847 CE – Liberia Declares its Independence

July 26, 1847 CE – Liberia Declares its IndependenceRate this post After nearly three decades of colonization, the West African nation of Liberia came into existence by declaring its sovereignty on July 26, 1847. Designed as a way to give African slaves the opportunity to return to their home continent, it joins Ethiopia as one of only two modern African countries that can claim to originate from outside the bounds of European colonization. Modeling its government on the American example many of its residents had lived under, Liberia became the first democratic republic in Africa. The process had began almost a half-century before, when Americans on both sides of the […]