This Ordinance makes provision with respect to sale, lease or otherwise disposal of lands which belong to the Crown. Subject to the provisions of this Ordinance, the Governor on behalf of the Crown may make grants of Crown lands in such manner and subject to such conditions as may be required and as he or she may deem proper. Every grant shall be executed by the Minister or a public officer authorized by him in that he be expressed to be made in conformity with the provisions of this Ordinance. A grant under this Ordinance shall not, unless express provision to the contrary is contained therein, confer any right to— (a) the water of any spring, river, lake or stream other than such water as may be required for domestic purposes upon the land which is the subject of the grant; (b) the foreshore or to the banks of any navigable water-way; or (c) any mineral or to any mineral oil. A grant shall be preceded by a survey of the land and shall be subject to implied conditions. The Act grants power to the grantor to re-enter in possession of an estate in case of non-observance of conditions or covenants by the grantee. In every agricultural lease under this Ordinance, there shall by virtue of this Ordinance be implied by the lessee a covenant that he will improve and develop the natural resources of the land in a prudent and business-like manner and will abstain from the undue destruction or exhaustion of any timber, trees or plants for the sale or cultivation of which the land is leased.
Amended by: Crown Lands (Amendment) Act, 1961 (No. 37 of 1961). (1961-08-25)
Amended by: Crown Lands (Amendment) Act, 1963 (No. 18 of 1963). (1963-06-05)
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The British set up a trading post near present-day Freetown in the 17th century. Originally the trade involved timber and ivory, but later it expanded into slaves. Following the American Revolution, a colony was established in 1787 and Sierra Leone became a destination for resettling black loyalists who had originally been resettled in Nova Scotia. After the abolition of the slave trade in 1807, British crews delivered thousands of Africans liberated from illegal slave ships to Sierra Leone, particularly Freetown.