Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
The Gola people live primarily in the western part of Liberia, West Africa. Furthermore, a sizable Gola community resides in the neighboring country of Sierra Leone. Their language is called Gola as well. Many scholars have suggested that the name Gullah, a people living in the Georgia and North Carolina regions of the United States, may well originate from the word Gola because many Gola people were captured and sent against their will to be enslaved in the United States, among other places, during the European slave trade and enslavement of African people. The Gola's original home was mosdy in the country known today as the Ivory Coast, which they started leaving around 1300 AD to settle in their present locations. Much Gola life is centered around farming. Indeed, the Gola farmers are reputed for their great agricultural skills and knowledge. Rice is the ...