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A country of western Africa on the Atlantic Ocean. Established by the American Colonization Society in 1821 as a settlement for freed slaves, Liberia was the first colonized country in Africa to achieve independence (1847). A military coup in 1980 initiated a period of civil unrest leading to full-scale civil war in 1990. After a cease-fire in 1996, Charles Taylor was elected president in 1997 but was ousted in 2003, and new democratic elections were held in 2005. Monrovia is the capital and the largest city.
Li·be′ri·an adj. & n.
(Placename) a republic in W Africa, on the Atlantic: originated in 1822 as a home for freed Afro-American slaves, with land purchased by the American Colonization Society; republic declared in 1847; exports are predominantly rubber and iron ore. Official language: English. Religion: Christian majority, also animist. Currency: dollar. Capital: Monrovia. Pop: 3 989 703 (2013 est). Area: 111 400 sq km (43 000 sq miles)
Li•be•ri•a(laɪˈbɪər i ə)
a republic in W Africa: founded by freed American slaves 1822. 2,923,725; ab. 43,000 sq. mi. (111,370 sq. km). Cap.: Monrovia.
Li•be′ri•an, adj., n.
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|Noun||1.||Liberia - a republic in West Africa; established in 1822 by Americans as a way to free negro slaves|
capital of Liberia, Liberian capital, Monrovia - the capital and chief port and largest city of Liberia
Africa - the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
Liberian - a native or inhabitant of Liberia
Liberia[laɪˈbɪərɪə] N → Liberia f
Liberia[laɪˈbɪəriə] n → Libéria m, Liberia m
n → Liberia nt