Estimate population 3,626,500 - Capital City Monrovia
Liberia is a small country on the west coast of Africa and has been influenced enormously by the United States of America due to the American Colonization Society to settle freed American slaves in Africa, beginning in 1822. The capital city, Monrovia, was named after United States President James Monroe.
Liberia has a land area of 99,067 square kilometres (38,250 square miles) and is rich in wildlife like leopards, although these have been decreasing rapidly, along with the elephant and the bush cow. Monkeys, chimpanzees and antelopes are plentiful. Two of the world's rare mammals found in Liberia are the manatee and the pygmy hippopotamus.