West Africa’s Kru tribe was known among slave traders and colonialists for their resistance to capture and enslavement.
The Kru settled in the region now known as Liberia and the Ivory Coast and in some portions of Sierra Leone, most notably Freetown.
They were vital cogs in the trade between Europe and other nations as they skillfully navigated small ships in the choppy coastal waters.
The Kru were infamous for fighting for their freedom, reducing their value to slave traders who found them too difficult to tame for slavery. If captured, the Kru would simply kill themselves, rather than become property.
Today, the Kru largely exist in the same areas as they did then, employing tribal hierarchy systems independent of one another.
One of the most well known Kru descendants is Ivorian soccer star Didier Drogba, the all time top scorer for the Ivory Coast national team and a feared striker for his former team, Chelsea. Drogba helped his nation’s team qualify for its debut appearance in the 2006 World Cup event.