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Grand Bassa is a county in the west-central portion of the West African nation of Liberiamarker. One of 15 counties that comprise the first-level of administrative division in the nation, it has eight districts. Buchananmarker serves as the capital with the area of the county measuring . As of the 2008 Census, it had a population of 224,839, making it the fifth most populous county in Liberia.

Grand Bassa's County Superintendent is Julia Duncan Cassell. The county is bordered by Margibi Countymarker to the northwest, Bong Countymarker to the north, Nimba Countymarker to the east, and River Cess Countymarker to the south and east. The western part of Grand Bassa borders the Atlantic Oceanmarker.

History

Among the county's notable residents were Joseph James Cheeseman and Anthony Gardiner, presidents of Liberia during the 19th century. Bob Grey, a Bassa chief, sold his land to the settlers for smoked fish.

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 (AM), which has begun a gradual reconstruction. The once bustling port is now a ghost town, the only ray of hope being the arrival of Arcelor-Mittal and the consequent prospects of employment. Under terms of a 2005 agreement with the national government, AM will give $1 million each year to the county for iron ore exploitation, though these terms were revised in 2007.

Districts

Districts of Grand Bassa County include (2008 population):

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