Conflict Of African Tribal Descent

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Today Liberia is a recovering and thriving nation in Western-Africa. It was created by a movement from the United States in the 1840’s that allowed freed slaves the opportunity to move to Africa to attempt to make a life in a more accepting environment. Liberia has a very eventful history to include events such as a civil war, coups, being the first independent nation in Africa, and also elected one of the first female presidents in Africa. The topics that will be covered will be a culture outline of Liberia, a breakdown of Liberia’s diverse population, a description of their government and economy, and an overview of their military. Liberia is a country with a rich history and culture. Liberia is predominantly inhabited by people of African tribal descent, although a small number of the population, about five percent, are what the locals refer to as “Americo-Liberians” referring to their American descent. According to Horan (n.d.) the Liberian population is broken up into five ethnolinguistic groups: The Mel (West Atlantic) group consists of the Gola and Kissi, who are believed to be the oldest inhabitants. The Mande group, made up of Mandingo, Vai, Gbandi, Kpelle, Loma, Mende, Gio, and Mano peoples, is believed to have entered the area from the northern savannahs in the fifteenth century. The southern and eastern areas are inhabited by people who speak Kruan (Kwa) languages; the Bassa, Dei (Dey), Grebo, Kru, Belle (Kuwaa), Krahn, and Gbee are
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