Sierra Leone

Republic of Sierra Leone
  • Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Key Historical Events. The Colony of Sierra Leone originated in the sale and cession, in 1787, by native chiefs to English settlers, of a piece of land intended as a home for natives of Africa who were waifs in London, and later it was used as a settlement for freed African slaves. The hinterland was declared a British protectorate on 21 Aug. 1896. Sierra Leone became independent as a member state of the Commonwealth on 27 April 1961, and a republic on 19 April 1971.


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Further Reading

  1. Binns, M. and Binns, T., Sierra Leone [Bibliography]. Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), 1992Google Scholar
  2. Fyfe, C., A History of Sierra Leone. OUP, 1962Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1996

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  • Brian Hunter

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