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Libreville, French for "free town", was established in 1848 after one of their ships operating out of Fort d'Aumale (named after the then youngest son of the King of France, Duke of Aumale) captured the Portuguese slave ship "Eliziz" in 1846 on route to Brazil and took the 260 freed slaves initially to Goreé Island in Senegal. LibrevilleThe French later took thirty of these freed slaves and used them to help build a new Catholic village at Libreville broadening the scope of the military fort of Fort d'Aumale which was abandoned in 1850 to a wider settlement by 1852 (left). Over the next few years the embryonic community was swelled by other former slaves, much to the frustration of the indigenous Mpongwe population.

It quickly became a popular trading port for many nations including the Germans, British and Americans and held the status of being the chief port of French Equatorial Africa until the end of the second world war. Following independence from France in 1960, Libreville remained Gabon's capital and today has a population of some 578,156. It is seen as one of sub-Saharan Africa's most prosperous cities with a vibrant ship building industry.


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