I’d never heard of a cotton tree before I came to Liberia. I thought cotton was picked from a plant, not grown on a tree. I’m being facetious – the cotton tree has nothing to do with cotton fiber (I don’t know why it takes that name). But it’s a pretty damn impressive tree. They are among the biggest trees I’ve ever seen. The trunk can grow to six feet in diameter and, at the base, it throws down wide roots that a person can easily hide behind. In Freetown, in neighboring Sierra Leone, there is a massive cotton tree that is famous because it’s allegedly where the first group of freed African American Slaves landed in 1792 and celebrated their arrival.