Wed, 02/05/2020 - 21:40 By Mohamed A Jalloh
Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone takes it's name from a mountainous peninsula visible for many miles along the West African Coast. An early Portuguese Navigator called it Sierra  Lyoa, or "Lion Mountain"

The jungle-clad mountains mark the entrance to the Sierra Leone River, a vast estuary 25 miles deep, forming the largest natural harbor in the African Continent.

By the mid-1700s, Sierra Leone was a hotbed of the Slave Trade. Slave traders found that the great harbor could shelter
countless ships and its Islands provide convenient bases for trade. One of the world's most beautiful places became the scene of one of the history's worst crimes