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Sierra Leone
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Sierra Leone, presidential republic in West Africa (see map, Africa); the capital city is Freetown; area 71,740 km2, population 5,732,681 (July 2003). Sierra Leone owes its existence as a colonial state to the activities of the British Evangelicals and humanitarian abolitionists (Slavery). In 1787 G. Sharp persuaded the British government to support a colony for black freed slaves from America. Settlers from the Caribbean and Nova Scotia arrived, many of them Baptists or Methodists. Relations with the local African tribes (T…

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Ward, Kevin, “Sierra Leone”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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