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Sierra Leone Creole people
- Created 2012-02-26
Sierra Leone Creole people
. They are the
, West Indian and Liberated African slaves who settled in the
of Sierra Leone between 1787 and about 1885 by the
. The settlers called their new settlement
, as a land for freed slaves.[ Today, the Krio comprise about 4% of the population of Sierra Leone.
, Krio have varying degrees of
because some of the settlers were descended from
and Europeans additionally. Alongside the Americo-Liberians, the Krios are the only recognised ethnic group of African-American, Liberated African, and West Indian descent in
Like their Americo Liberian neighbors, Creole culture is primarily
. The Krios were highly protected by the
colonial power and they held prominent leadership positions in Sierra Leone under British
. The vast majority of Creoles reside in
and its surrounding
region of Sierra Leone. The only Sierra Leonean ethnic group whose culture is similar (in terms of its embrace of
) are the
. The Creole speak their native
(a mixture of
and indigenous West African languages), which is also the most widely spoken languages in Sierra Leone
Krios are primarily Christians
] at about 85%; while a significant minority of Krios are
at about 15%. The Krio Muslims are widely known as
and are the descendants of intermariage between the freed slaves and the Liberated African muslims, who were mostly
muslims from Southwest
who settled in Freetown in the mid
vast majority of Creoles therefore have English last names, and a large number of them possess both English first names and last names. However, the Creole muslims overwhelmingly have islamic
] first names, though the vast majority of them have English last names as well. Due to their history as members of historically Yoruba communities, many Creoles possess Yoruba middle names.
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