New publication on Liberia
by Fred Van Der Kraaij ('VDK'), September 2013: 'Liberia: van vrijheidsideaal naar verloren paradijs'
(in Dutch, published by the Africa Studies Centre (ASC),
here for a book review by Cletus Nah. Click
here for a summary (Dutch).
to order the book € 10,- shipping costs excluded.
According to the
traditions of many African tribes their
ancestors were persons of small size. Although
no trace of their existence was ever discovered in West Africa
they are well-known to the peoples of this subregion. The
Sousou in what is now Guinea call them ‘Doki’, the Ouolofs in
Senegal call them ‘Kondrong’
while in Liberia they are called ‘Jinna’.
It is generally believed that before 1822 there were 16 different tribes
living in what was called the ‘Pepper Coast’, ‘Grain Coast’ or
One of them was (...) more
creation of Liberia (1822-1847)
In the beginning of the 19th century, groups of
free-born blacks, freed slaves and
mulattoes from the United States of America emigrated to the
west coast of Africa. In 1847, 25 years after the first successful colonisation, they
proclaimed an independent Republic, which they named Liberia. At
that time they numbered about 3,000: men, women and children.
The original publication of the
"Open Door Policy of Liberia -
An Economic History of
Modern Liberia" (1983)
now as pdf-file available.
The study covers the
prelude, introduction, growth and zenith of
foreign investments in Liberia.
the Doe Administration and the civil war Liberia had
to start from scratch. The lessons of the past
should not be forgotten.
1(460 pp.) Chapter 1: The Pepper Coast
Chapter 2: The origin of the Closed Door and Open Door
Policies 1847 - 1947
Chapter 3-10: Agriculture, Mining, Forestry (Firestone,
Chapter 10-13: Analysis of impact (Fiscal contribution,
transfer of technology, transport and communication)
Chapter 13: The change from a subsistence economy into a
developing economy 1900 - 1979
Chapter 14: Conclusions and Recommendations
The decision of
President Edwin Barclay (1930-1944) to adopt the US dollar as
the sole legal tender in Liberia
as from December 31, 1943 very
clearly symbolizes the political orientation of the first
African Republic as well as it's financial and economic
1743 map by Professor Johann Matthias Haas (or
Hasias), Heirs of Homann
The Colony of Maryland
(1831-41) became Maryland in Liberia (1841-57) which
was admitted into the Republic of Liberia on February 28,
1857, ten years after the creation of the first African
object or 'Kru money'? The origin of these objects is not known with certainty.
They were used among the Kru and the Grebo in southeastern
Liberia. They call them 'Dwin', 'tien' or 'nitien', meaning
water spirits, or 'Gods of water'. (more)
Alberts recorded music throughout Africa and in 1950
released the landmark 78 rpm set "Tribal, Folk and Cafe
Music of West Africa". The music on this release included
a mix of genres as well as detailed notes by leading
academics. The recording showed the intricate
connections between African and American music. Read
more on the website of
cdbaby.com and listen to all the tracks.
"President Tubman" by Ali Ganda and the Sierra Leone
Tubman Goodtype Songs of Liberia by
Congress-Woman Malinda Jackson Parker