World History Minute: Founding of Liberia

World History Minute: Founding of Liberia
World History Minute: Founding of Liberia

World History Minute: Founding of Liberia

On January 7, 1822 the schooner Elizabeth arrived off Providence Island, Liberia with the first emigrants ready to colonize the country that would be named Liberia, meaning “land of the free.” Historian John Schmidt recalls how it all began. PHOTO: Joseph Jenkins Roberts, First President of Liberia (Wikimedia Commons)