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  1. Thanks a lot Aiya Maya, Liberia has lots of History, myself didn’t do all this in high school but indeed I have learned a lot of my country history through this brilliant scholar, thanks so much Wode Maya, 谢谢你 🙏🏽

  2. This gentleman is a fountain of historical information on Liberia, relating a history never taught in such a manner before, which I'm sure has enlightened many. Excellent work by Wode Maya for capturing some of it for the generations to come.

  3. Founding of Liberia, 1847
    The founding of Liberia in the early 1800s was motivated by the domestic politics of slavery and race in the United States as well as by U.S. foreign policy interests. In 1816, a group of white Americans founded the American Colonization Society (ACS) to deal with the “problem” of the growing number of free blacks in the United States by resettling them in Africa. The resulting state of Liberia would become the second (after Haiti) black republic in the world at that time. Joseph Jenkins Roberts, First President of Liberia
    Prominent Americans such as Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and John Randolph were among the best known members of ACS. Former President Thomas Jefferson publicly supported the organization’s goals, and President James Madison arranged public funding for the Society. The motives for joining the society were vast as a range of people from abolitionists to slaveholders counted themselves members. On the other hand, many abolitionists, both black and white, ultimately rejected the notion that it was impossible for the races to integrate and therefore did not support the idea of an African-American colony in Africa. Still, the ACS had powerful support and its colonization project gained momentum.

    In 1818 the Society sent two representatives to West Africa to find a suitable location for the colony, but they were unable to persuade local tribal leaders to sell any territory. In 1820, 88 free black settlers and 3 society members sailed for Sierra Leone. Before departing they had signed a constitution requiring that an agent of the Society administer the settlement under U.S. laws. They found shelter on Scherbo Island off the west coast of Africa, but many died from malaria. In 1821, a U.S. Navy vessel resumed the search for a place of permanent settlement in what is now Liberia. Once again the local leaders resisted American attempts to purchase land. This time, the Navy officer in charge, Lieutenant Robert Stockton, coerced a local ruler to sell a strip of land to the Society. The Scherbo Island group moved to this new location and other blacks from the United States joined them. The local tribes continually attacked the new colony and in 1824, the settlers built fortifications for protection. In that same year, the settlement was named Liberia and its capital Monrovia, in honor of President James Monroe who had procured more U.S. Government money for the project Lieutenant Robert Stockton
    Other colonization societies sponsored by individual states purchased land and sent settlers to areas nearMonrovia. Africans removed from slave ships by the U.S. Navy after the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade were also put ashore in Liberia. In 1838 most of these settlements, with up to 20,000 people, combined into one organization. The settlers attempted to retain the culture they had brought from the United States and for the most part did not integrate with the native societies. Today, about 5 percent of the population of Liberia is descended from these settlers.

    The U.S. Government had provided Liberia some financial support, but Washington expected Monrovia to move toward self-sufficiency. Commerce was the first economic sector to grow in the colony. However, French and British traders continually encroached upon Liberian territory. As it was not a sovereign state, it was hard-pressed to defend its economic interests. The U.S. Government lent some diplomatic support, but Britain and France had territories in West Africa and were better poised to act. As a result, in 1847, Liberia declared independence from the American Colonization Society in order to establish a sovereign state and create its own laws governing commerce.

    Despite protests by the affected British companies, London was the first to extend recognition to the new republic, signing a treaty of commerce and friendship with Monrovia in 1848. Because of fears of the impact this might have on the issue of slavery in the United States, Washington did not recognize the nation it had played a role in creating. In the meantime, a mass exodus of African-Americans to Liberia never materialized. Though President Abraham Lincoln was open to promoting the idea, several abolitionists in his cabinet opposed it, some for moral considerations and others for the more practical reason of retaining sufficient labor and military forces for the future. The United States finally established diplomatic relations with Liberia in 1862, and continued to maintain strong ties until the 1990s.

  4. The history of The American Colonization Society (ACS) role in the establishment of a Freed Black Country called Liberia in West Africa was intentionally left out of the high school history books in the U.S.

    I was surprised to find a small chapter on The ACS in my American History book in college.

    College students who are majoring in African American Studies or doing courses in AA studies are privileged with such vast information on the role African Americans have in the establishment of Liberia.

    Up till now it baffles me why this important African American history is not taught in American High School?

    The White Man divide and conquer of the black race continues unabated!

    The struggle for African Unity must continue unabated.

  5. There was a tremendous debate amongst the nominally free in the U .S. about emigration. There were many conventions to discuss the matter. The over whelming majority voted No. Though they had a very difficult time as nominally free, the did not want to leave. They had been there for generations.

    The white elites wanted them out for the simple reason is that it would give hope to the legally enslaved to hope they could be free.

    It would have been nice if you would have talked to the actual descendents.

  6. Good morning from Texas USA 🇺🇸 I’m just leaving the gym Swinton working out and I love this video as I’m driving I was listening to it. Amazing information thank you Liberian’s for educating us. Thanks Wode Maya For taking us to Liberia for education through technology you are an amazing human being we are blessed with your existence.

  7. It's a nice video. But the thing is the history is always written by the conquerors and others tell that history even it's wrong. That's what happened with black people. All the history about slavery or our pre-colonial is written by the West and we are just repeating their words true or not. That's sad. Not all is wrong. But a history written by the others is always twisted. Keep doing a good job brotha!

  8. Thanks Maya for this episode…just to add a piece here.

    The story of Liberia is a very complex one. One cannot simply say “founded” by a certain people like how do you found something people were already living on for many generations before you got there? Also the so called land they said the ACS bought was a farce because it was done under the barrel of the gun/murder. The so called creation of Liberia was genocidal… many of the native Africans on the coast primarily the Mesurado area was murdered when the revolted against the taking of their lands by the ACS and the returnees. This is something the general Liberian pubic don’t talk about. Even after the formation of what we noun call Liberia, which was solely modelled after the American system from the naming of literally everything to the socio-political system. So the question is how do one escape oppression only to go and set up the same system that oppressed them to begin with. It’s like a person being captured and raped on occasion but now escapes that fiasco only to go and praise their captor and raper elsewhere. The long old unsolved issue from the time they arrived on providence island till the 80s is what led to the Liberian civil war.

  9. I think this old man has more stories about Liberia wide maya can please give the old man time to tell us more stories about Liberia? I really enjoy the story thanks so much my brother

  10. I think this old man has more stories about Liberia wide maya can please give the old man time to tell us more stories about Liberia? I really enjoy the story thanks so much my brother

  11. He stands in Monrovia yet Fails to mention president Monroe (…. what a scholar!!!!)
    and the funding that came out of America.
    and GW Bush ending the everso corrupt and criminal Charles Taylor's career.
    and the fact that the most successful people on the planet, the white, cannot own property nor vote in liberia

  12. Ces liberians je me méfie toujours je ne reproche votre guerre civile comme ça peut se dérouler partout ailleurs mais la cruauté avec laquelle ils s'entre-tuaient :couper les oreilles, couper les bras en disant (manches courts) couper le nez pffff

  13. Wooow at my age I never knew this history of Liberia Damn I even feel shy Maya God bless you, indeed you are the hope of this continent
    Not only changing narratives but also educating us.

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