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The City of Freetown
Freetown is the capital of Sierra Leone. It is also the biggest city and is situated in the western area of the country. It is home to over 1 million people and is the nation's economical center due to its thriving harbor, which is the largest natural harbor in Africa. The harbor handles the majority of Sierra Leone's exports, some of the most well-known being petroleum, rice, diamonds, and cigarettes. Sierra Leone was founded by the British Empire in 1787 to accommodate the freed African-American slaves and West Indians that arrived in the U.S. after the abolition of slavery, hence the name of the nation's capital. A few descendants of these slaves still live in Freetown and are known as the Creole, making up 5.4% of the country's population.

Freetown is renowned for its significant historical attractions that link the legacy of West Africans with African-Americans and West Indians, the most famous being the Cotton Tree, which is located in the East of the city. It has been given the title of "Treasure of the City." It was planted by the freed African-American slaves when the city was founded and has remained in the same spot since. Another historical landmark is the nearby King's Gate, which has been erected in stone and reads, "any slave who passes through this gate is declared a free man." Located at the Naval Wharf are "slave steps" carved from stone and were the main slave-trading location in Sierra Leone. This magnificent place is where thousands of African slaves took their last steps of freedom in their homeland.

As is the rest of Sierra Leone, Freetown has a tropical climate which includes a rainy season, May through October. The beginning and end of the rainy season is usually marked with numerous heavy thunderstorms. Average temperatures in Freetown range from 73 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit and stay persistent all year round.

Freetown-Lungi International Airport (FNA/GFLL)
Based in the nearby town of Lungi, Freetown-Lungi International Airport is the main airport for the country. The airport is separated from Freetown by the Sierra Leone River. It is operated and maintained by the Sierra Leone Airports Authority and was originally run as a U.K. Royal Air Force station. Any passengers wishing to travel to Freetown from the airport have a choice of hovercraft, ferry or helicopter taxi to choose as their mode of travel.

Location: 8° 36? 59.2? N, 13° 11? 43.76? W
Elevation: 84 ft
Runways: 12/30: 10,498 x 150 ft
Standard Time Zone: GMT

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British Airways: London Heathrow (via Dakar)
KLM: Amsterdam (southbound nonstop, northbound via Conakry)

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