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(both: mōshwā`shwā), c.1786–1870, Sotho king. A remarkable leader, he was a superior military tactician and was able to unite several small groups into the Sotho nation. By the mid-1820s he ruled approximately 25,000 citizens. He permitted Christian missions and sought British aid against Afrikaner pressure from the Orange Free State (see Free StateFree State,
formerly Orange Free State, province (2011 pop. 2,745,590), 50,126 sq mi (129,825 sq km), E central South Africa. It was renamed Free State shortly after the 1994 post-apartheid constitution went into effect.
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). After the Afrikaners attacked (1865), he won protectorate status from Britain in 1868, maintaining the autonomy of the 125,000 Sotho. Moshoeshoe is considered the founding father of modern LesothoLesotho
, officially Kingdom of Lesotho, kingdom (2015 est. pop. 2,175,000), 11,720 sq mi (30,355 sq km), S Africa. It is an enclave within the Republic of South Africa. Maseru is the capital and largest city.
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, Moshoeshoe
died 1870, African chief, who founded the Basotho nation, now Lesotho
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He said despite Bobonong lacking in some amenities and resulting in some people considering rendering their services elsewhere, Dr Moshoeshoe should work on establishing his clientele and satisfying it.
Norman Etherington (2001: 154) has proposed that raiding expeditions launched by leaders such as Moshoeshoe in the mid- to late 1820s were 'more a sign of success than distress', arguing that disorganized, desperate peoples could not have coped with the demands of launching large-scale raids.
Lesotho (then called Basotho) was created in the first half of the 19th century by King Moshoeshoe out of refugees fleeing social upheavals and drought.
The result of the Seqiti War was that Moshoeshoe's kingdom was greatly reduced.
The agreement aims to finance the Moshoeshoe International Airport project, which is meant to support economic and social development in Lesotho by boosting the airport's capacity and improve services, it added.
King Moshoeshoe II ascended the throne in 1966 (exiled for eight months in 1970) until 1990, when a military government dethroned him, replacing him with his son King Letsie III who abdicated in his favour in 1995.
After many wars of national resistance against British colonialism led by African kings, such as Hintsa, Cetshwayo, Moshoeshoe, Sekukuni and Makado, Britain through its guns over the spears of the African people, seized the African country and handed it over to its colonial settlers.
He was in Wales to recognise the work of the Welsh Government's international development programme Wales for Africa, and praised the school for its social rights work, including a link with the Moshoeshoe II High School in Lesotho.
Through the diplomatic efforts of its first king, Moshoeshoe I (1786-1870), Lesotho maintained its independence by resisting assimilation into the Zulu empire, the Orange Free State, and the Union of South Africa.
The tales transmitted orally during his childhood about military heroes like Moshoeshoe, (1) king of the Basotho, Dingane, (2) king of the Zulus, and others, strengthened his African identity and his commitment to change the prevailing situation.
The Military Council that came into power granted executive powers to King Moshoeshoe II, who was until then a ceremonial monarch.
(170.) Moshoeshoe & Sonnenberg, in EXPERIENCES IN MANAGEMENT FOR SUSTAINABILITY, supra note 166, at 72.