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Tale of Love
the name - SIERRA LEONE
The year 1462 found Portuguese explorer Pedro da Cintra sailing the West
African coast, more specifically passing the area known today as the Freetown
Peninsula. It was a time of heavy thunderstorm activity and it appears that
our Pedro, ever the romantic, decided to associate the gentle mountains
he observed with the lion’s roar of thunder; subsequently naming the
area, in his language - Sierra Lyoa.
Inevitably, if not predictably, along the same coast came English Jack Tars
during the sixteenth century who made the slight change to Sierra Leoa;
and by 1787 under British rule, the name had finally become Sierra Leone.
they came 2,000
miles in this?
Of course there will always be other views as to the origins of the name
Sierra Leone, however our wandering, poetic Pedro’s version has that
romantic ring to it, somehow so much more in keeping with the many tales
of wonder that eminate from this beautiful land.
Tell family or friends about
this important Sierra Leone website
Quest House, 73 Balcombe Road, Horley, Surrey, RH6 9AB, England
Tel: 08455 822922
2400 Boston Street, Suite 102, Baltimore, MD 21224 USA
Tel: (410) 705 8020
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