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Sir Harry Hamilton Johnston, Liberia , vol. I (London: Hutchinson & Co., 1906)

Vai Women

When the African-American settlers arrived in Liberia, the Vai were one of the first indigenous populations they encountered. The Vai were a mostly Muslim, Mande-speaking people who had migrated to the Atlantic coast from the region that is now Guinea at the beginning of the sixteenth century. The Vai are best known for having created a written alphabet for their language in 1833.

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