Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea
Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea
Author: C. Patrick Burrowes
Publish: 2016
Publisher: Know Your Self Press
Format: ebook, Paperback, hardcover
ISBN: 978-0998390505
Pages: 446

Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea reveals the long-hidden story of those who lived in the region before Liberia was created. Here are a few of the inspiring revelations it contains:

  • The different languages and ethnic groups of Liberia share a common root.
  • The barkless "kaykay" dog found in Liberian villages were a favorite pet of Ancient Egyptian pharaohs.
  • Kola - once used as an ingredient in soft drinks - was discovered by the ancestors of Liberians.
    Early European explorers learned from early Liberian seafarers how to navigate some dangerous currents and winds of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Rice growers from West Africa's "Grain Coast" helped teach Americans how to grow rice.

Today, the United States exports rice to West Africa, including Liberia. Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea took 30 years of research and uses documents first published in Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish and French. It draws on oral traditions, archaeological digs, historical linguistics, studies of cultural patterns embedded in masks and other forms of material culture, regional and continental histories, and even biological anthropology. Just as West African farmers burn a field to remove weeds, Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea demolishes many negative stereotypes.

For centuries, African cultures have been portrayed as "strange," "weird," even "evil" through the use of words like "fetish," "witch," and "country devil." Instead, the book uses more neutral words to describe African culture, such as ethnic group (not "tribe") and energy or power (not "spirit"). This book will change Liberian history - and Liberians - for good!

Author Details:

Carl Patrick Burrowes, Ph. D. is Liberia’s leading historian. He’s served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cuttington University, Liberia, and Carter G. Woodson Distinguished Professor at Marshall University. Burrowes is the author of Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea: A History of the Liberia People Before 1800 and Power and Press Freedom in Liberia, 1830 to 1970.

He is also co-author, The Historical Dictionary of Liberia. His research has received awards from the International Communication Association and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Patrick earned a Ph. D. in Communications, Temple University, 1994.