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Known as Liberia, the Republic of Liberia, situated on the west coast of the African continent, was founded and colonized by freed American slaves in the early 1800s, before the American Civil War. They did not integrate into African culture, but instead carried on a modified American culture of their own. The official language is English, and the capital of the nation is its largest city, Monrovia, named after U.S. President James Monroe, who supported the original colonists there.

 

 

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