One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A country on the Atlantic coast of West Africa; population 4,500,000 (estimated 2015); languages, English (official), English-based pidgin; capital, Monrovia.
Liberia was founded in 1822 as a settlement for freed slaves from the US, and was proclaimed independent in 1847. Indigenous peoples, however, form the majority of the population. In 1980 a coup overthrew the predominant Liberian–American elite, and a civil war began in 1990, ending with a ceasefire in 1996
From Latin liber ‘free’.
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