Plan the most inspiring holiday of your life to Sierra Leone and learn more about the history and people on one of our gap years, tours or volunteer projects. This country led a quiet existence for approximately five hundred years. In 1560 it became a major port in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Over the next two hundred years Portuguese and British slave-trading settlements were set up along the coast. Britain claimed to abolish slavery in 1821, and freed slaves returned from the United States. While such slaves were from throughout West Africa and beyond, they settled in Freetown. With repatriation there became a new inequality; ex-slaves became the oppressors of the native people. There has been a long lasting disparity between Freetown and the rural areas. Sierra Leone gained independence from Britain in 1961. Though Sierra Leone attempted to assert itself independently, the people suffered as they had no real livelihood. Civil war broke out in 1992. After ten years of suffering, the war finally ended in 2002 and the country has been on the mend ever since and is embracing a more positive and peaceful future. Now this country is become an up and coming travel destination with thousands of people now visiting every year.
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