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In those days, at the end of the 19th century, the Americo-Liberian population numbered 10,000 12,000, exclusively living on the coast, whereas the size of the tribal population was unknown but estimated at between 100,000 and 200,000 people.

President Coleman was convinced that Liberia would not become a strong nation without the use of the vast resources of the Hinterland.

Consequently, the Liberian Government faced financial bankruptcy at more than one occasion.

Colemans Interior Policy President Colemans ambitions envisaged the emergence of Liberia as a politically stable, economically strong and financially sound state.

Tribal resistance to Americo-Liberian rule One of the most persistent themes of Liberian history since 1822 is the resistance of tribal people to Americo-Liberian rule.

It qualifies as the major obstacle to nation-building.

Whereas government revenue decreased as a result of the restrictive law, increased military spending to suppress the numerous revolts and wars added to the public deficit.

This deteriorated an already precarious financial situation.

But he had to face the countrys historical problems: lack of funds and a politically and culturally divided country (the first colonists had never seen Africa before, the tribal Africans had never seen them before) with a long historical record of conflicts, clashes and wars between tribal people and immigrants.

The Americo-Liberian population only considered itself civilised and since the first Constitution citizenship was limited to the colonists and their descendants, tribal people were subjects of the Republic.

These threats even gave rise to the proclamation of the Republic, in 1847, but are also illustrated by the greediness of European colonial powers during the Scramble for Africa (see the loss of the Gallinas territory).

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