• British abolitionists and philanthropists establish a settlement for repatriated and rescued slaves in Freetown.
  • Freetown becomes a crown colony of Britain.
  • Britain establishes a protectorate over Freetown.

  • 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.
  • After negotiations with international creditors, the president states that 90% of the nation's $1.6 billion debt has been written off.

  • Energy companies report finding oil off the coasts of Liberia and Sierra Leone.


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