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To Pedro da Cintra, the Portuguese explorer who visited the coast
in 1460, the coastal mountains looked like lion's teeth - so he named the country Lion
Mountains; Sierra Leone, in Portuguese.
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Countries neighbouring Sierra Leone are: Guinea
Sierra Leone, a former British colony, gained independence on April
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The official language of Sierra Leone is English, while Mende and
Temne are the most widely spoken of the African languages.
Krio, is the English patois spoken in and around the capital.
There are no longer railways in Sierra Leone, except for a line
between Marampa and the port of Pepel; for the transportation of minerals.
Airlines and Airports:
Sierra Leone Airlines is the national carrier, and several foreign airlines also fly into
Lungi International Airport; to the north of Freetown.
The capital of Sierra Leone is situated on the Cape Sierra Leone
The settlement of Freetown was founded in 1787, to accommodate slaves
in transit across the Atlantic, who were freed by the British navy.
The Anglican St George's Cathedral dates from 1828.
There are some long sandy beaches near Freetown, and it's a long way
from being a drastic tourist destination.
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