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Liberia, which means ‘freedom’ formerly known as the Grain Coast, is one of the few African countries including Ethiopia that were not colonised by the European Countries. The country was formed by former African American slaves. Joseph Jenkins Roberts, a former slave who was born in America became the first President. Liberia over the years has experienced lots of human rights abuses and civil wars.

Last updated : 09-Sep-2015

This article was produced for South African History Online on 21-Mar-2011