Sierra Leone: History
British abolitionists and philanthropists establish a settlement for repatriated and rescued slaves in Freetown.
Freetown becomes a crown colony of Britain.
Sierra Leone gains its independence and chooses to have a parliamentary system within the British Commonwealth.
Former army corporal Foday Sankoh and his Revolutionary United Front (RUF) begin a campaign against President Momoh, marking the beginning of a civil war.
The civil war is declared over. The Sierra Leone government and the United Nations agree to set up a war crimes court.
The government launches a major change to the healthcare system, including free provision for nursing mothers and young children.
Energy companies report finding oil off the coasts of Liberia and Sierra Leone.