Liberia was founded in 1822 as a settlement for freed slaves from the US, and was proclaimed independent in 1847. Indigenous peoples, however, form the majority of the population. In 1980 a coup overthrew the predominant Liberian-American elite, and a civil war began in 1990, ending with a ceasefire in 1996
from Latin liber 'free'.
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- To add insult to injury, Alice now lives with her mother and siblings in a tiny corner of the country's largest football stadium, now home to over 50,000 displaced Liberians.
- Liberian Independence Day is July 26, and most of these Liberians say they've lost family and fortune in Liberia's more than 14 years of conflict.
- Voters enthusiastically supported their favorite candidates, and there was plenty to celebrate as Liberians went peacefully to the polls in October and November.
Definition of Liberia in:
- The US English dictionary