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Stars and Stripes Over Africa

God Bless Liberia.

God Bless Liberia.

I think one of the most awesome things about Liberia is its flag. Few people know that there is an African republic that also flies the stars and stripes – or at least a version of it so similar that you are bound to do a double take.

The striking likeness in the national flags is due to Liberia’s close historical connection with the US – it was founded in the early 1800s by freed African-American slaves, under the banner of the American Colonization Society.

But there are differences between the two flags.  Whereas the American flag has thirteen stripes (representing the thirteen original colonies of the US), the Liberian flag has eleven stripes (representing the eleven signatories of the Liberian declaration of independence). And while the US flag has 50 stars for the 50 states, the Liberian flag has just one star, symbolizing the freedom granted to the ex-slaves.


About Home Strange Home

I first left the US in 1999, when I was 18 years old. Since then, I’ve spent 13 years living abroad - 3 in Canada, 7 in Europe, and 3 in Africa. Now I've finally returned to the US on a one-way plane ticket. I arrived home in late January 2014 and set foot in the US for the first time in nearly 2.5 years. In Home Strange Home, I blog about the ups and downs of my re-acculturation experience.

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