Some of these African Americans were ex-slaves who had escaped to the British forces who had been given their freedom and resettled there by the Crown after the American Revolution. Land grants and assistance in starting the settlements had been intermittent and slow.
During his visit, Peters met with the directors of the Sierra Leone Company and learned of proposals for a new settlement at Sierra Leone. Despite the collapse of the colony, the directors were eager to recruit settlers to Sierra Leone. Tired of the harsh weather and racial discrimination in Nova Scotia, more than 1, former American slaves chose to go to Sierra Leone. They sailed in 15 ships and arrived in St. George Bay between February 26 — March 9, Upon reaching Sierra Leone, Clarkson and some of the Nova Scotian 'captains' "dispatched on shore to clear or make roadway for their landing".
The Nova Scotians were to build Freetown on the former site of the first Granville Town, where jungle had taken over since its destruction in Its surviving Old Settlers had relocated to Fourah Bay in At Freetown, the women remained in the ships while the men worked to clear the land.
Clarkson told the men to clear the land until they reached a large cotton tree. After the work had been done and the land cleared, all the Nova Scotians, men and women, disembarked and marched towards the thick forest and to the cotton tree, and their preachers all African Americans began singing "Awake and Sing of Moses and the Lamb. This was the first thanksgiving service. John Clarkson was sworn in as first governor of Sierra Leone.
Small huts were erected before the rainy season. The Sierra Leone Company surveyors and the settlers built Freetown on the American grid pattern, with parallel streets and wide roads, with the largest being Water Street. In , the settlers sent a petition to the Sierra Leone Company expressing concerns about the treatment that they were enduring.
They also claimed that the governor, Mr. Dawes ruled in an almost tyrannical fashion, favoring certain people over others when ruling the settlement. The writers then argued that they had not received the amount of land that Lt. Clarkson had promised them on leaving Nova Scotia. The letter expressed anxiety that the company was not treating them as freemen, but as slaves and requested that Lt.
Clarkson return as governor. Freetown survived being pillaged by the French in , and was rebuilt by the settlers.
By , Freetown had between — houses with architecture resembling that of the United States — stone foundations with wooden superstructures. Eventually this style of housing, built by the Nova Scotians, would be the model for the 'bod oses' of their Creole descendants. In , the Nova Scotians rebelled. The British authorities used the arrival of about Jamaican Maroons to suppress the insurrection. Thirty-four Nova Scotians were banished and sent to either the Sherbro or a penal colony at Gore. Some of the Nova Scotians were eventually allowed back into Freetown.
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After the Maroons captured the Nova Scotian rebels, they were granted their land. Eventually the Maroons had their own district, which came to be known as Maroon Town. Indigenous Africans attacked the colony in and were repulsed. The British eventually took control of Freetown, making it a Crown Colony in This act accompanied expansion that led to the creation of Sierra Leone. From to , the city served as the capital of British West Africa.
It also served as the base for the Royal Navy 's West Africa Squadron , which was charged with enforcing the ban on the slave trade.
When the squadron liberated slaves on trading ships, they brought most to Sierra Leone, and Freetown in particular; thus, the population grew to include descendants of many different peoples from all over the west coast of Africa. The liberated Africans established the suburbs of Freetown Peninsula.
They were the largest group of immigrants to make up the Creole people of Freetown. The city expanded rapidly. The freed slaves were joined by West Indian and African soldiers, who had fought for Britain in the Napoleonic Wars and settled here afterward. Descendants of the freed slaves who settled in Sierra Leone between and , are called the Creoles.
The Creoles play a leading role in the city, although they are a minority of the overall Sierra Leone population. Warships came into the port to resupply and German merchant vessels captured in the region were also sent there. The base was a staging post for Allied traffic in the South Atlantic and the assembly point for SL convoys to Britain. An RAF base was maintained at nearby Lungi airfield. The city was the scene of fierce fighting in the late s during the Sierra Leone Civil War.
Later it was unsuccessfully attacked by rebels of the Revolutionary United Front. In the early morning on 14 August , after much heavy rain part of Mount Sugar Loaf on an edge of Freetown collapsed in a huge mudslide which drowned over people in Regent town. Deforestation has been blamed for the landslide. The city of Freetown is one of Sierra Leone's six municipalities and is governed by a directly elected city council , headed by a mayor, in whom executive authority is vested.
The mayor is responsible for the general management of the city. The mayor and members of the Freetown Municipality are elected directly by the residents of Freetown in every four years. Since , the residents of Freetown has voted in municipal elections for members of the All People's Congress APC by an overwhelming majority. Mayor Herbert George-Williams and eight others, including the Chief Administrator of the Freetown city council Bowenson Fredrick Philips; and the Freetown city council Treasurer Sylvester Momoh Konnehi, were arrested and indicted by the Sierra Leone Anti-corruption Commission on twenty-five counts on graft charges, ranging with conspiracy to commit corruption and misappropriation of public funds .
Mayor Herbert George-Williams was acquitted of seventeen of the nineteen charges against him. He was convicted of two less serious charges by the Freetown High Court judge Jon Bosco Katutsi and sentenced to pay a fine. In the national presidential and Parliamentary elections, Freetown is similar to swing states in American politics.
As the city is so ethnically diverse, no single ethnic group forms a majority of the population of the city. Most of the tallest and most important national government building and foreign embassies are based in Central Freetown. The National Stadium , the home stadium of the Sierra Leone national football team popularly known as the Leone Stars is in the Brookfield neighborhood. These wards are relatively affluent. Most of the city's luxury hotels, a number of casinos, and the Lumley Beach are in the west end of the city. The west end neighbourhood of Hill Station is home to the State Lodge, the official residence of the president of Sierra Leone.
Various historical landmarks connected to its founding by Americans, liberated African slaves, and West Indians. The Cotton Tree represents the christening of Freetown in March In downtown Freetown is the Connaught Hospital , the first hospital constructed in West Africa that incorporated Western medical practices and the only hospital in the world with a dedicated 'Lassa Ward' - a ward solely dedicated to treating patients suffering from Lassa Fever . Nearby is "King's Gate", built in stone with a statement inscribed which reads "any slave who passes through this gate is declared a free man", and it was this gate through which liberated Africans passed.
Down by the Naval Wharf are slave steps carved out of stone. Before Freetown was established, this was where the Portuguese slave traders transported Africans as slaves to ships. The university played a key role in Sierra Leone's colonial history. The college's first student, Samuel Ajayi Crowther , went on to be named as the first indigenous Bishop of West Africa. The Freetown peninsula is ringed by long stretches of white sand. Lumley Beach, on the western side of the peninsula, is a popular location for local parties and festivals.
Sacred Heart Cathedral Catholic , St. Freetown is the economic and financial centre of Sierra Leone. The country's state television and radio station, the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation , is primarily based in Freetown. The other national broadcasters, such as Capital Radio , are also based in Freetown. Many of the country's largest corporations locate their headquarters' home offices in Freetown as well as the majority of international companies.
The city's economy revolves largely around its final natural harbour , which is the largest natural harbour on the continent of Africa. Industries include food and beverage processing, fish packing, rice milling, petroleum refining, diamond cutting, and the manufacture of cigarettes, paint, textile, and beer. The city is served by the Lungi International Airport , located in the city of Lungi, across the river estuary from Freetown.
I watched a free special premiere screening and enjoyed it so much that I watched it twice more to support the filmmakers. The film doesn't showcase much of the scope or background of the Liberian Civil War, but instead focuses on the experience of a handful of people trying to escape from it.
Although these people are Mormons, and the film is targeted primarily at Mormons, the film's faith-affirming message is broad enough to appeal to believers of all stripes. More skeptical or atheistic people probably won't find it as appealing, which may partially explain why it was nominated for nine or ten Ghana Movie Awards but received many lukewarm or negative reviews in the U. Despite the missionaries' highly visible name tags, the film says little about specifically Mormon doctrine or practice, but preaches a generic message of hope and faith through adversity.
I found it to have a good mix of tension and humor that held my interest throughout. Some people say it's boring, and we'll just have to agree to disagree. Some have complained that graphic violence isn't actually shown on screen; I think this is a tasteful "less is more" approach that most modern filmmakers have sadly abandoned altogether in favor of shock value. I felt that the humor was used sparingly and wisely; it's not a hilarious movie by any means, but has some smile-worthy moments to reduce the tension. We don't learn much about the individual missionaries' backstories or motivations but their interactions with each other bring them to life as real, young, sometimes naive but goodhearted people.
And of course the soundtrack, particularly the opening sequence and the recurring vocals, is phenomenal. This was filmed in West Africa with almost exclusively West African actors - specifically Ghana, since the Ebola epidemic prevented them from filming on location. This is a unique and good move both for LDS and American films as a whole.
In the film, there are only seven people in the car, so as to fit the camera; in reality there were nine. In the film, they need to pass through three rebel checkpoints; in reality there were about fifty. If you're not Mormon, I can't promise you'll enjoy this movie as much as I do, but if you're not anti-religious messages I encourage you to give it a shot. Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video. Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!
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