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, officially Republic of Botswana, republic (2005 est. pop. 1,640,000), 231,804 sq mi (600,372 sq km), S central Africa. It is bordered by Namibia on the west and north, by Zambia at a narrow strip in the north, by Zimbabwe on the east, and by South Africa on the east
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The Bechuanaland Protectorate covered most of present-day Botswana.
After World War II, the British attempted to combine the Bechuanaland Protectorate with their South African colony, but Bechuanaland was able to thwart this annexation attempt.
Believing with good cause that they themselves were marked out as Rhodes' next victims, Khama and two fellow chiefs from the Bechuanaland Protectorate set sail for London in August 1895.
Though Rhodes was given most of the Bechuanaland Protectorate, including a border strip from which to launch the Jameson Raid, the moral victory was with Khama, Sebele, and Bathoen.
Within the space of twenty-five days the rinderpest had ravaged Bechuanaland Protectorate, travelling the distance of about five hundred miles at an astounding speed of twenty miles per day.
Among the BaMangwato of Bechuanaland Protectorate the rinderpest wreaked havoc, with the chief Khama himself, "said to have owned three or four hundred head of trained trek oxen", failing to "save a sufficient number of them to make up one span".
However, due to lack of resources and knowledge of the area, and due to the fact that European access to Caprivi had always been made from the south east, Caprivi was administered as part of the Bechuanaland Protectorate until 1929.
Britain, which bears much of the responsibility for the situation in Caprivi, carved the Strip our of its Bechuanaland Protectorate as a bargaining device to obtain control over Zanzibar from Germany in 1890 whilst realising that Caprivi would be virtually useless to the Germans.
The book is also a study of the expansion of Ngwato authority under the leadership of chief Khama, whose long reign (1872-1923) saw GammaNgwato grow from a polity of a few hundred subjects to a vast kingdom embracing virtually the entire Bechuanaland Protectorate.
Neil Parsons, who was a fellow historian there, contributes a study of the rather unusual and inbred succession of colonial administrators who governed the former Bechuanaland Protectorate, while Brian Mokopakgosi, who was his student, has an excellent piece on the Nama of south eastern Namibia and their sufferings at the hands of concession hunters operating under the umbrella of the German protectorate government.
Thus wrote Selebatso Masimega of the Bakwena of the Bechuanaland Protectorate at the height of the Second World War, before himself volunteering for military service with the High Commission Territories Corps which served with the British army in the Middle East from 1946 to 1949.
The Chiefs of the Bechuanaland Protectorate together with their people have