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Title:Liberian Contract Labor in Panama, 1887-1897
Author:Kuhn, Gary G.
Periodical:Liberian Studies Journal
Geographic term:Liberia
Subjects:contract labour
Labor and Employment
History and Exploration
Abstract:The Liberians (as all Africans were generally labelled) were principally of the Kru tribes, from the lands among the coast to the east of the main settlements of Americo-Liberians. Also included were numbers of Vai ('Veys'), recruited from the region west of Monrovia into Sierra Leone. The Kru had traditionally taken employment with Europeans. So noted were they as sailors, that the British actively resisted efforts by others to extend influence over a region that provided so many of their seamen, both commercial and naval. Serving ably, the Kru received good treatment, lest the supply of future recruits be threatened. Term of service was generally no more than one year. Notes.