Robertsport

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Robertsport
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Robertsport is located in Liberia
Robertsport
Robertsport
Location in Liberia
Coordinates: 6°45′N 11°22′W / 6.750°N 11.367°W / 6.750; -11.367
Country Flag of Liberia.svg Liberia
County Grand Cape Mount County
District Commonwealth District
Population (2008)
 • Total 3,933

Robertsport, also known as Roberts Port and Robert's Port, is a town in western Liberia, about 10 miles from the Sierra Leone border. It is named after Joseph Jenkins Roberts, the first president of Liberia.[1]

The town lies on Cape Mount peninsula, and is separated from the mainland by Lake Piso. It serves as the capital of Grand Cape Mount County. Robertsport is located 50 km north of Monrovia, Liberia's capital city.

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Demographics[edit]

As of the 2008 census, Robertsport has a population of 3,933. Of this, 1,994 were male and 1,939 female.[2]

Weather[edit]

The town gets very heavy rainfall, averaging 205 inches (5,200 mm) per year.[1]

History[edit]

In the mid-15th century, the Portuguese navigator Pedro de Sintra reached the cape, a 1,000-foot high granite promontory, which he named Cabo do Monte (Cape Mount). In the early 19th century, a colony of African American freed slaves settled the site, which was then part of the Vai territory.[1]

It was an Allied Forces Air Force base in World War II and later became a seaside resort known for surfing.

Geography[edit]

Robertsport's coast contains five points, including three main points known for surfing: Fisherman's Point, closest to town; Cotton Trees; and Cassava Point.[3]

Church in Robertsport, seen in 2009

In 2009, Liberia's most experienced surfer, Alfred Lomax, took a reporter to see what he considered the best surfing spots; from Luke Leitch's Times of London report: "'This here,' he says pointing out to the waves surging down the beach, 'we call this Camp Point. Then, up the beach, is Cutting Point — that’s where they break both ways. The next point is Loco and the one after that is Shipwreck.' ... 'The waves here get fine, playful. When they are high, March to October, they can be 20ft high and you get good barrels, sliding waves. You can ride one wave for a long, long time.'"[4]

Nearby towns and villages include Bassa Community (0.6 nm), Kru Town (0.3 nm), Bombotown (0.3 nm) and Gomboja (0.3 nm).

Town life[edit]

Liberia is a war torn country. Despite looting, the town has remained structurally intact. The town's architecture includes now-decrepit, plantation-style houses reminiscent of the Southern United States - a historical influence on Liberia - which line wide avenues that lean against the hills on the town's edge.[3]

Robertsport residents are mainly fishermen and rice farmers.[1]

The town is featured in the independent documentary film, Sliding Liberia, which follows four young surfers to war-torn Liberia in search of perfect waves. The film also explores the country's social and political unrest.[5]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Robertsport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 31
(88)
32
(89)
32
(90)
32
(89)
32
(89)
29
(85)
27
(80)
27
(80)
28
(82)
29
(85)
31
(87)
31
(87)
30.1
(85.9)
Average low °C (°F) 22
(71)
22
(72)
23
(73)
23
(74)
23
(74)
23
(73)
23
(73)
22
(71)
22
(72)
22
(72)
22
(72)
22
(71)
22.4
(72.3)
Precipitation mm (inches) 38
(1.5)
5
(0.2)
18
(0.7)
180
(7.1)
250
(10)
485
(19.1)
803
(31.6)
927
(36.5)
927
(36.5)
371
(14.6)
114
(4.5)
84
(3.3)
4,202
(165.6)
Source: Weatherbase [6]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Robertsport at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 6°45′N 11°22′W / 6.750°N 11.367°W / 6.750; -11.367