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Re: Sierra Leone
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The story of Sierra Leone's Krio people - in pictures

The Krio people of Sierra Leone are partly descended from former enslaved Africans who fought for the British in the American War of Independence, in exchange for promises of freedom.

After the American victory in 1783, they fled with the British to the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, from where they were sent back to Africa, and the British colony of Sierra Leone. This had been founded for freed slaves, even before the slave trade was abolished in 1807.

Others who make up Sierra Leone's Krio population include descendants of black Londoners and Maroons - escaped slaves who fought against the British in Jamaica - and those who were freed from slave-carrying ships along the Atlantic route, who were all sent to Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown.

Some leading British abolitionists hoped that the freed slaves, having been exposed to British culture and Christianity, would go on to spread it across West Africa.

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other info on sierra leone's loyalist in Canada

Exploring Canada’s Black history trail, where escaped slaves and Black Loyalists once sought refuge

I’ve come to the place that no longer exists and, truth be told, there’s not much to see. A park stands here now: green grass, a scattering of trees, and a memorial in the shape of a sundial. It’s dedicated to “the first Black settlers and all former residents of the community of Campbell Road, Africville and all the members of the Seaview United Baptist Church.” Africville was Canada’s first Black settlement and one of 52 Black communities in the province of Nova Scotia. It sits at the northern edge of Halifax, overlooking Bedford Basin.

The church referred to in the dedication is roughly 200 yards away, the only thing left of the settlement. In fact, even that is technically gone. A faithful reproduction of the church that was once the beating heart of the community was built here to house the Africville Museum.



here's few new articles dealing with the research into the
areas, of Canada, Jamaica & the Caribbean,
Cuba, Sierra Leone & Liberia.

t.b. :)
(also researching these areas that I'm connected to by DNA)

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