Sierra Leone ( was known for its largest slave trade port) is located on the coast of West Africa facing the Atlantic Ocean. Sierra Leone was colonized by British abolitionist in 1787. In 1808, the British government abolished the slave trade and the British Committee decided to create a town in Africa for freed slaves by colonizing. Although some people resisted the British influence, many saw this colonization as an opportunity for a better life. The British settlers landed in Sierra Leone and named the port city Freetown, which is still the capital of Sierra Leone today. The freed slaves were known as ‘recaptives’ captured from slave ships or groups who returned from North America settled in Sierra Leone.