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Even after he abandoned Sherbro and moved to Hastings (on the Freetown Peninsula) Coker maintained interest in a separate American settlement. ] mad in getting inffluence in West Africa. And it is some considerable pleasure to me to beleive that our 30 Abolition and Empire in Sierra Leone and Liberia flag now flies on the beach of that part of St. 36 Similarly, despite Cuffe’s initial interest in the colony and his early contacts with the African Institution, once in Sierra Leone, he and the other African American settlers and merchants involved with the colony began to chafe.

If they were to merge into some kind of Federal Republic, then having them close to one another was the first place to start. By 1822, the ACS had gained enough support to establish a new colony in West Africa. Not only was the colony founded with $100,000 appropriated for the resettlement of recaptive Africans rescued from the slave trade, but the ACS agent to the colony was almost always, from 1822, also the US government agent for recaptive Africans. 30 After the false starts at Sherbro Island and Providence Island, Monrovia – named for President James Monroe, a supporter of the colonization cause – was founded as the capital of the new colony of Liberia.

But in addition to introducing legitimate commerce, the colony also had to deal with a growing settler population as slave ships were impounded by the Navy and the slaves on board – referred to as ‘recaptives’ or ‘Liberated Africans’ – were integrated into Sierra Leone society. Transatlantic Anti-Slavery Networks 21 Until the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, humanitarian networks in British corridors of power lobbied for a strong naval presence off the coast of Sierra Leone, the designation of Sierra Leone as a Crown Colony and the home of the Courts of Mixed Commission for adjudicating slave ship captures.

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