Today in History: The First Republic Set Up By Freed Slaves.
After departing New York Port in 1820, the first group of freed blacks landed first in Sherbro Island in Sierra Leone and later moved on to Bushrod Island, in what is today in Monrovia and established a state.
By the 1847 the country declared its independence.
Sherbro Island, is an island in the Atlantic Ocean, located in Bonthe District off the Southern Province of Sierra Leone.
The Sherbro make up by far the largest ethnic group in the island, and the island is separated from the African mainland by the Sherbro River, in the North and the Sherbro Strait in the east.