Banner o Liberie
The Liberian banner bears close resemblance tae the banner o the Unitit States, showin the ex-American slave oreegins o the kintra. The Liberian banner haes similar red an white stripes, as well as a blue square wi a white starn in the canton.
The eleiven stripes seembolize the signatories o the Liberian Declaration o Unthrildom, red an white seembolizing courage an moral excellence. The white starn represents the freedom the ex-slaves wur given, abuin the blue square representin the African mainland.
The banner is seen on mony ships aroond the warld as Liberie effers registration unner its banner. Shippin companies dae this tae avoid taxes an restrictions that ither kintras enforce.
It is estimatit that 1600 ships fly the Liberian banner as a banner o convenience; this brings in muckle o the kintra's revenue.
- Background on conflict in Liberia Paul Cuffee advocated settling freed slaves in Africa. He gained support from free black leaders in the U.S., and members of Congress for an early emigration plan. From 1815-1816, he financed and captained a successful voyage to British-ruled Sierra Leone where he helped a small group of African-American immigrants establish themselves. Cuffee believed that African Americans could more easily "rise to be a people" in Africa than in the U.S. where slavery and legislated limits on black freedom were still in place. Although Cuffee died in 1817, his early efforts to help repatriate African Americans encouraged the American Colonization Society (ACS) to lead further settlements. The ACS was made up mostly of Quakers and slaveholders, who disagreed on the issue of slavery but found common ground in support of repatriation. Friends opposed slavery but believed blacks would face better chances for freedom in Africa than in the U.S. The slaveholders opposed freedom for blacks, but saw repatriation as a way of avoiding rebellions.