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The Land

Administrative Divisions

Bomi Margibi
Bong Maryland
Gbarpolu Montserrado
Bassa Nimba
Cape Mount RiverCess
Gedeh River Gee
Kru Sinoe
Lofa  

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  Pictures from Lofa - Photos By Ralph Haynes, July 1997

Lofa County

Lofa County is located in the Northwestern region of Liberia. It is Liberia's second largest county.

Several different dialects are spoken in Lofa. The most popular are:

  • Bandi Kisi
  • Kuwaa
  • Lorma
  • Kpelle
  • Mandingo
  • Vai
  • Mende

Lofa Cities & Towns

There are many Towns and Villages in Lofa, the main towns however are Voinjama, Zorzor, Fassama and Vahun.   Vonjama and Zorzor are major trading points, both near Liberia-Guinea borders.

Lofa Rivers

Three major rivers run through Lofa County.

  • The Lofa River flows southwestward across country to the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The Marro and Mano rivers flow through sections of Lofa county.
Maryland
Did you know that Maryland, Liberia was once a Republic?

The county of Maryland started of in 1827 as The Settlement of Maryland. The settlement proclaimed it's Independence in 1854 and became the Republic of Maryland.

In 1857 the Republic of Maryland united with The Republic of Liberia and became the County of Maryland.

 

Grand Bassa County

Buchanan is the largest city in Grand Bassa County. It has Liberia's second major sea port, the Port of Buchanan.

The dialect in Grand Bassa County is Bassa.

 

Bong County

Major Cities on Bong County are Gbarnga, Bong Town, and Totota. Gbarnga is the largest city in Bong county and it is 204 km north-east of Monrovia. Cuttington University College and the Cutting College museum are both located in Gbarnga, Bong County.

Grand Cape Mount County

Robertsport is the biggest town in Cape Mount. It is a beach town that is surrounded by tropical green hills. Before the war, the people of Robertsport live a rather tranquil life. Most people make their living fishing the Atlantic coast in dugout canoes.
Peaceful Lake Piso is near the town of Robertsport. This salt water lake was used as a seaplane base by the Americans in WW II. Robertsport is near the Sierra Leone border and about 100 km west of Monrovia.
 
Nimba County

Nimba County is located in the north-east region of the country. The Major Cities in Nimba County are:

  •  
  • Yekepa
  • Ganta
  • Sanniquellie and
  • Tapeta

In Yekepa, you'll find the Nimba Mountains which reaches up to heights of 1752 meters. Mount Nimba a is a mile high iron ore mountain and has some of the highest grade iron ore deposits in the world and in the 60's, 70's and 80's, was the first iron ore procedure in Africa.

Yekepa is located 350 meters above sea level and has the best climate in Liberia.

Liberian Mining Company (LAMCO) operates 267 km of railway tracks between Buchanan and the iron ore mine at Nimba. LAMCO also operates a passenger railway between Buchanan and Yekepa.

Grand Gedeh
Home of President Samuel K. Doe

Dialect: Krahn / People: Krahn

Major Cities

  • Zwedrue
  • Chen
 

Sinoe County

     

Map of Sinoe  

Lush Rain Forest & Rivers Elephants Hippos

Sapo National Park

     
Sapo National Park is located in the Sinoe Province, Liberia's least densely populated province, east of the Sinoe River, and south of the Putu Mountains.

Sapo National Park was created in 1983 by a presidential order to protect one of Liberia's remaining areas of virgin forest. It is 325,760 acres of mostly tropical rain forest with a few areas of swamp. It contains all of the major wildlife species that inhabit the Upper Guinea forests: forest elephants, pygmy hippos, wart hogs, etc .


During the 1980's trips were organized by the peace corps and the Forestry Development Authority for trips from Greenville up the Sinoe River and into the. Despite a growing population and logging concessions around the park, with the cooperation of the local communities and the World Wildlife Fund, the park was successfully preserved.

In 1990 the park officials fled for obvious reasons. The warring factions drove the locals into the bush, while they looted there homes. Some people fled into the park, but now the park was inhabited. In March of this year , an international team of biologists escorted by ECOMOG, did an evaluation of the park. The park headquarters and field station were destroyed. The major road through that area has been overgrown with vegetation.. However, now that the war is over the locals are returning to their homes. As of that time plans were all ready under way to reestablish national park officials. Also due to the lack of population pressures Sapo' wildlife populations are healthier than ever.

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