Sierra Leone is a small country on the Western coast of Africa. It borders Liberia and Guinea. Many languages are spoken in Sierra Leone, including Krio, Temne, Mende, English, Koranko, Vai, Fula, Madingo, and others. Major ethnic groups such as the Temne and Mende migrated into Sierra Leone from Mali and Guinea as early as the 1400s. The migrants brought with them a wealth of West African stories, music, language and other amazing contributions of Mande and Mane cultures.
During the 1700s and 1800s, the current capital city, Freetown, served as a key location during the trans-atlantic slave trade, particularly around events that led to the end of the slave trade. In 1787 and 1792, two groups totaling about 1.500 black settlers from America, Canada, and London arrived in Sierra Leone and established the free settlement of Freetown. Freetown became a hub for freedom and in 1800, about 500 Jamaican Maroons also arrived. Between 1807 and 1860s, over 70,000 West and Central Africans were rescued from slave ships and resettled in Freetown. By the 1850s, words from over 100 African languages could be heard in Freetown.
Today, Freetown remains a cosmopolitan city with a rich and diverse mix of cultures from Africa and the African Diaspora. 18th and 19th Century-old Historic sites that chronicle the middle-passage can be found all across the city.