- Sherbro Island, Bance, Banana, Turtle, Plantain and other minor islands, also Turner's Peninsula, a narrow strip of land southward of Sherbro Island, extending in a S.E.
Except in the Sierra Leone peninsula, Sherbro Island and Turner's Peninsula, the colony proper does not extend inland to a greater depth than half a mile.
Sherbro Island is reached.
The most fertile parts of the protectorate are Sherbro and Mendiland in the south-west.
The broad estuary which separates Sherbro Island from the mainland, and is popularly called the Sherbro river, receives the Bagru from the N.W.
The main lagoon waterway goes by the name of the Bum-Kittam river, and to the north opens into the Sherbro estuary.
- Besides Freetown (q.v.) the capital (pop., Igor, 34,463), the most important towns are Bonthe, the port of Sherbro, Port Lokko, at the head of the navigable waters of a stream emptying itself into the Sierra Leone estuary, and Songo Town, 30 m.
The oil-palm and kola-nut tree are especially abundant in the Sherbro district and its hinterland, the Mendi country.
To stop the traffic in Sherbro Island General Charles Turner concluded in 1825 a treaty with its rulers putting the island, Turner's Peninsula and other places under British protection.
Alldridge, The Sherbro and its Hinterland (London, 1901), and A Transformed Colony (London, 1910) - the last with valuable notes on secret societies and fetish; Winwood Reade, The African Sketch Book, vol.