Flag of Liberia
The Flag of Liberia or the Liberian flag bears a close resemblance to the flag of the United States, showing freed American and Caribbean ex-slaves' offspring and bloodlines marking the origins of the country.
|Use||National flag and ensign|
|Adopted||August 24, 1847|
|Design||Eleven horizontal stripes alternating red and white; in the canton, a white star on a blue field|
Variant flag of Republic of Liberia
The eleven stripes symbolize the signatories of the Liberian Declaration of Independence, red and white symbolizing courage and moral excellence. The white star represents the first independent western-styled republic in Africa, above the blue square representing the African continent. The Liberian flag is modeled after and resembles the American flag at the time in the 1820s and 1830s, (26 stars / states) because Liberia was founded, colonized, established, and controlled by free people of color and freed African-American and Caribbean / West Indies slaves as settlers from the United States and the Caribbean with the help and support from the American Colonization Society (ACS), which was a private organization that sent free people of color as well as freed slaves as settlers from the United States and the Caribbean. When the settlers from the United States arrived in Liberia in 1822, they identified themselves as "Americo-Liberians" in an effort to separate themselves from the native Africans and other settlers.
The flag is seen on many ships around the world as Liberia offers registration under its flag. Shipping companies do this to avoid taxes and restrictions that other countries enforce. As the second most popular flag of convenience (after the Flag of the Republic of Panama), it is estimated that 1,700 foreign-owned ships fly the Liberian flag. This brings in much of the country's revenue.
Liberia is subdivided into 15 counties, each of which is entitled to its own flag. Each county flag bears the national flag of Liberia in the canton. The county flags are flown at regional offices and together encircling the national flag of Liberia at the Presidential Palace.
- "Background on conflict in Liberia". Archived from the original on 5 November 2007.
Paul Cuffee advocated settling freed slaves in Africa. He gained support from free black leaders in the US, and members of Congress for an early emigration plan. From 1815 to 1816, he financed and captained a successful voyage to British-ruled Sierra Leone, where he helped a small group of African-American immigrants establish themselves. Cuffee believed that African-Americans could more easily "rise to be a people" in Africa than in the US, where slavery and legislated limits on black freedom were still in place. Although Cuffee died in 1817, his early efforts to help repatriate African-Americans encouraged the American Colonization Society (ACS) to lead further settlements. The ACS was made up mostly of Friends (often called Quakers) and slaveholders, who disagreed on the issue of slavery but found common ground in support of repatriation. Friends opposed slavery but believed blacks would face better chances for freedom in Africa than in the US. The White Americans slaveholders opposed freedom for blacks but saw repatriation as a way of avoiding rebellions
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