Grand Bassa County
Grand Bassa is a county in the west-central portion of the West African nation of Liberia. One of 15 counties that comprise the first-level of administrative division in the nation, it has eight districts. Buchanan serves as the capital with the area of the county measuring 7,936 square kilometres (3,064 sq mi). As of the 2008 Census, it had a population of 224,839, making it the fifth most populous county in Liberia.
Grand Bassa County
Location in Liberia
|Coordinates: 6°15′N 9°45′W|
|• Superintendent||J. Levi Demah|
|• Total||7,936 km2 (3,064 sq mi)|
|• Density||28.3/km2 (73/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (GMT)|
Grand Bassa's County Superintendent is Etweda Gbenyon Cooper, known as "Sugars". The county is bordered by Margibi County to the northwest, Bong County to the north, Nimba County to the east, and Rivercess County to the south and east. The western part of Grand Bassa borders the Atlantic Ocean.
The port of Buchanan was constructed by LAMCO to serve the export of iron ore carried through the railway from Nimba. The civil war destroyed the port, railway and the township built by LAMCO. In 2005, LAMCO's facilities were taken over by Arcelor-Mittal, which has begun a gradual reconstruction. The once bustling port became a ghost town, until the arrival of Arcelor-Mittal and the consequent prospects of employment. Under terms of a 2005 agreement with the national government, Arcelor-Mittal will give $1 million each year to the county for iron ore exploitation, though these terms were revised in 2007.
Notable people from Grand Bassa
- Jonathan Lambort Kaipay, Senator (2015-Present)
- Stephen Allen Benson, President of Liberia (1856-1864)
- Joseph James Cheeseman, President of Liberia (1892-1896)
- Lewis Penick Clinton, Bassa prince, and missionary
- Anthony Gardiner, President of Liberia (1878-1883)
- James Skivring Smith, President of Liberia (1871-1872)
- James Skivring Smith Jr., Vice President of Liberia (1930-1944)
- Gbehzohngar Findley, Minister of Foreign Affair (2018-Present) and Former Senate Pro-Tempore (2005-2014)
Districts of Grand Bassa County include (2008 population):
- "2008 National Population and Housing Census: Preliminary Results" (PDF). Government of the Republic of Liberia. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-14.
- "Grand Bassa Supt. rubbishes media report, LAC Manager dismisses report". The Analyst. February 26, 2008. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved 2008-10-12.
- "Liberia: Mittal Steel Cruises Through Finally". The Analyst. Retrieved 2008-09-15.
- "Better iron ore deal for Liberia". Mining Exploration News. Retrieved 2008-09-15.