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Liberian-Grebo War of 1910

In 1910, President Howard H. Taft of the United States dispatched the USS Birmingham to Liberia, when a major war began between Liberian and the Grebo people.

In 1909 a commission appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt of the United States investigated political and economic conditions in Liberia and recommended financial reorganization. A loan of $1.7 million, secured by customs revenue, was raised by an international consortium of bankers in 1912, and a receivership of customs was set up, administered by appointees of the British, French, and German governments and a U.S. receiver-general. A frontier police force was organized by officers of the U.S. Army, with the result that Liberian authority was better maintained. However, this promising new regime was upset by World War I. Revenues dropped to one-fourth of normal, and the financial situation steadily deteriorated.



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