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Lace up your boots or don your boardshorts. From its exquisite Atlantic coastline and fascinating Americo Liberian settler heritage to the rolling hills of the north and all the way up one of Liberia’s highest peaks, Mount Nimba, intrepid explorers will delight in the authenticity of this incredible journey of discovery to one of Africa’s last frontiers.
Bomi County formerly known as Bomi Territory was annexed from Montserrado County by decree during the military regime of Msgt Samuel K. Doe in 1983 and later recognized by an Act of Legislation. Bomi means “LIGHT” in the Gola language, symbolizing the County’s uniqueness as the first cradle for iron ore mining in Liberia.
The 300 foot tall Cape Mount became the landmark for settlers in the region. Theodore Canot formed the settlement in 1840. The name comes from Cape du Mont, a French word meaning the Cape of the Mount. In 1461, Pedro de Sintra, a Portuguese explorer charting the West Coast of Africa, saw the prominent feature of the cape and chose its name. The area was the capital of the Kingdom of Koya. Grand Cape County accommodates the National protected area of Lake Piso Reserve.
Gbarpolu County, home to several gold and diamond mines consists mostly of forest. The Gola National Forest, situated in north-west Liberia is one of the largest remaining intact areas of seasonal dense moist evergreen and semi-deciduous forest in the whole region. The upgrade of the Gola forest from National Forest to National Park in 2014 significantly increased its level of protection. Once the Gola National Park was established, the area linked to the Gola Rainforest National Park in Sierra Leone.
Grand Bassa County is one of the three original counties that first formed the Republic of Liberia. It was established in 1833 and its capital is Buchanan City, named for Thomas Buchanan, an American who served as the first Governor of the Commonwealth of Liberia. It is home to 4 Liberian Presidents. Buchanan has the second busiest seaport in Liberia.
What many do not realize is that the location of Grand Kru makes it the perfect destination for vacations, retirement homes, and quiet escapes. The eastern part of the county is straddled by the Atlantic, while the western part consist of lush rainforest that has some of Liberia’s finest mammals, giving the county beautiful sceneries. The small populations of the county also give visitors peace of minds that cannot be experience in other populated counties. One of the best forests in Liberia is located here.
The County is a land of vast forests irrigated by many rivers. The County’s top-most priority for development can be summed up in one word: roads. The topography of Grand Kru is generally characterized by two major landforms: coastal plains and rolling hills. There are several hills, plains and valleys and one recognized mountain called Sawleh, in Dorboh Statutory District. There are many rivers, including Dorboh, Norh, Misnoh, Snoh, Neh, Chen, Barffor, Gen, and Gbatu, all with waterfalls. There is a lake in Sasstown called Trengbe. Forest resources in the County are vast and unexploited. Grassland includes a huge savannah spread over the coastal areas of the County suitable for animal husbandry. There is a myth of a giant rock that sets itself on fire at night.
It has three National proposed reserves, Wologizi Mountain (99,538 ha (245,960 acres)), Wonegizi Range (37,979 ha (93,850 acres)) and Foya Forest (164,628 ha (406,800 acres)). Known as the “bread basket of Liberia” in 2011, the area of rice plantation was 40,500 ha (100,000 acres), 16.961 per cent in the country, production stood at 8570 metric tonnes. Cassava plantation was 9090, which was 7.4 planted in the country. Production at 11250 metric tonnes. Cocoa plantation was 11250, 29.1 per cent in the country. Lofa is known for the beautiful handwoven country cloth.
Montserrado is the smallest county, but largest by population of Liberia. On December 11, 1821, officials from the United States arrived aboard the vessel Alligator under the command of Captain Robert F. Stockton at Mesurado Bay. Stockton and Dr. Eli Ayers negotiated to acquire the land in and around the bay from the native chiefs for a settlement by free negroes before sailing to Sierra Leone to pick up these colonists. On January 7, 1822, the former slaves arrived and settled Providence Island under the American Colonization Society, and by April they had moved to the mainland. Within the next two decades, approximately 3,200 ex-slaves arrived.
The name of the county "Nimba", originated from "Nenbaa ton" which means slippery mountain where beautiful young girls slip and fall. Mount Nimba is the highest mountain in Liberia. Nimba is the second largest county in Liberia in terms of population. Nimba is also one of the richest in Liberia. It has the largest deposit of high grade iron ore. Other natural resources found in Nimba are gold, diamonds, timber, etc. In the late 50's, Nimba's huge iron ore reserve was exploited by LAMCO-the Liberian-American Swedish Mining Company.
Sinoe is the third-largest area of all Liberia's counties and is home to the renowned Sapa National Park. The County was originally a colony in the name Mississippi-in-Africa, under the auspices of a chapter of the American Colonization Society, as it was created with slaves from Mississippi to Liberia. Within Liberia, the Settler communities with the strongest tie to the American Deep South are those in Sinoe County. Mississippi-in African having been founded there by Settlers from Natchez in 1838.