Cotton Tree, Freetown

2.7
Admire the wide canopy of Cotton Tree, a kapok tree that symbolizes this town settled by freed U.S. slaves. The tree witnessed the establishment of Sierra Leone's capital by the British using African labor force in the late 18th century. British Black Loyalists, who had earned their freedom quelling the secessionists during the American war of independence, revered the tree and said their prayers of thanks for liberation. The tradition continues today, with locals leaving offerings in honor of their ancestors at the tree. Use our Freetown online travel route planner to add Cotton Tree and other attractions to your Freetown vacation plans.
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  • Nothing more then a dirty tree in the middle of a roundabout. I find it funny that people here are saying they found the place interesting... I guess that comes from such low expectations and that the...  more »
  • The cotton tree is right in the middle of Freetown. Very majestic but not obviously celebrated by residents.  more »
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