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[Detail] Map of Liberia. Lith. by E. Weber & Co., 1845.


Collection Overview

Maps of Liberia, 1830-1870, a subset of Map Collections: 1500-2003, includes maps from the American Colonization Society (ACS) that was organized in 1817 to resettle free black Americans in West Africa. These maps show early settlements in Liberia, political subdivisions, and some of the lots that were assigned to settlers. Other maps in the collection show areas of Liberia that were given to settlers by indigenous Liberian chiefs. One map in the collection is thought to have been created by the black American explorer Benjamin Anderson.

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Historical Eras

These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection although they may not be all-encompassing.

  • Expansion and Reform, 1801-1861
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877

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Search for Liberia maps using the keyword search, keeping the selection set on "Search American Colonization Society Collection ONLY". (Otherwise, you will search all the map collections.)

You can find maps by browsing the Subject Index, Creator Index, or Geographic Location list of maps.

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