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Liberia is a country in the southwest of West Africa; it has an area of some 111,370 km2 and 3,750,000 inhabitants (2007), 95% of whom belong to indigenous African ethnic groups; 3% are Americo-Liberians, and 2% descendants of Caribbean slaves.

The coastal strip was discovered by the Portuguese in the mid-15th century (“Pepper Coast”), but no European commercial settlements were established. Beginning in 1822, American colonization societies settled freed and repatriated slaves along the coast (hence the name Liberia). Additional settlements followed, whic…

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Gifford, Paul, “Liberia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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