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Cotton Tree, Freetown

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Tourist Spot · Landmark
Admire the wide canopy of Cotton Tree, a kapok tree that symbolizes this town settled by freed U.S. slaves. The tree witnessed the establishment of Sierra Leone's capital by the British using African labor force in the late 18th century. British Black Loyalists, who had earned their freedom quelling the secessionists during the American war of independence, revered the tree and said their prayers of thanks for liberation. The tradition continues today, with locals leaving offerings in honor of their ancestors at the tree. Use our Freetown online travel route planner to add Cotton Tree and other attractions to your Freetown vacation plans.
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  • The cotton tree is a very old tree with great historic significance in Freetown. It is huge so not easily missed but traffic is constantly navigating around it. Worth a visit.  more »
  • Very fine African museum, beautiful place to see Sierra leonean culture, good organisation and cheap price for visit.  more »

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