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Careysburg, Liberia

Location in Liberia

Coordinates: 6°24′12″N 10°32′55″W / 6.40333°N 10.54861°W / 6.40333; -10.54861Coordinates: 6°24′12″N 10°32′55″W / 6.40333°N 10.54861°W / 6.40333; -10.54861

Country County Montserrado County
District Careysburg
Established 1856
Incorporated 1923
Elevation 105 m (347 ft)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Careysburg is a city in Montserrado County, Liberia. It was founded in 1856,[1] and is named in honor of Rev. Lott Carey,[2][1] the first American Baptist missionary to African and a key figure in the founding of the Colony of Liberia. It is located 15 miles northeast of Monrovia.[3]

It was chartered as a city corporation in 1923, by an act of the Liberian legislature.[1]

Rubber and coffee farming are the major economic activities in the area.[2] It was also the site of a large Voice of America transmitter.[3]


About nine years after Liberia declared its independence on 1847, the Liberian legislature passed an Act authorizing Rev. John Says, as an agent of the American Colonization Society to travel within the country for the purpose of locating an elevated region to establish a settlement to ensure better health conditions for Americo-Liberian settlers.[4] It was further resolved by the Liberian legislature, per Section 12 of said Act: “That the settlement to be founded in the Queh Country shall be named Careysburg, in honor of the late Rev. Lott Carey, and that all other settlements shall be named according to the pleasure of the Legislature".[4] The site that became Careysburg was selected for its abundance of fresh water, potential for agriculture, its cool temperature, absence of deadly mosquitoes, and scenic view.[4] At the time, the people living in the surrounding area were of the Kpelle, Gola and Queh tribes, and Rev. Says negotiated with local tribal chiefs to purchase land.[4]

In 1859, Careysburg was settled by North American freed slaves, mainly from the United States and Barbados.[2][4] However, some Africans recaptured from ships at sea, destined for sale as slaves in Europe and America, were also settled in Careysburg.[4]


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