Kingdom of Lesotho
  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The Basotho nation was constituted in the 19th century under the leadership of Moshoeshoe I, bringing together refugees from disparate tribes scattered by Zulu expansionism in southern Africa. War with land-hungry Boer settlers in 1856 (and again in 1886) cost the Basotho significant territory, and Moshoeshoe appealed for British protection. This was granted in 1868, and in 1871 the territory was annexed to the Cape Colony (now Republic of South Africa), but in 1883 it was restored to the direct control of the British government through the High Commissioner for South Africa.


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Further Reading

  1. Bureau of Statistics. Statistical Reports. OccasionalGoogle Scholar
  2. Bardill, J. E. and Cobbe, J. H., Lesotho: Dilemmas of Dependence in South Africa. London, 1986Google Scholar
  3. Johnston, D., Lesotho [Bibliography]. 2nd ed. Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), 1997Google Scholar
  4. Murray, C., Families Divided: The Impact of Migrant Labour in Lesotho. OUP, 1981Google Scholar
  5. Willet, S. M. and Ambrose, D. P., Lesotho. [Bibliography] Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), 1981Google Scholar
  6. National statistical office: Bureau of Statistics, PO Box 455, Maseru.Google Scholar

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