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Friday 28 April 2017, 14:58 pm.
Mon 24 Apr 2017, 15:53 pm
From August 1848, the growing threat posed by the Transvaal Boers to the still independent Batswana merafe was increased with the arrival of arguably the most gifted of a...
Mon 10 Apr 2017, 14:03 pm
Notwithstanding the distraction of his newfound fame in exploring the middle Zambezi with Oswell in the years before the 1852-53 Batswana-Boer War Livingstone remained a ...
Mon 03 Apr 2017, 16:11 pm
We had previously noted that one of the key men tasked with stemming the flow of firearms into Botswana, Jan Viljoen, instead used his office as Veldkornet of the Marico ...
Mon 27 Mar 2017, 17:30 pm
As previously noted, the announcement of the Oswell-Livingstone expedition to Ngamiland, organised at the initiative of Dikgosi Letsholathebe and Sechele, resulted in an ...
Mon 20 Mar 2017, 17:28 pm
We had previously observed that by the end of 1840s, with the elephant population in his own domains dwindling, Sechele moved to secure access to the hunting grounds of n...
Mon 13 Mar 2017, 17:23 pm
This week 4D takes a break from 19th century struggles to comment on this week’s legacy from a more recent conflict. Last Tuesday the BDF, working with roads department e...
Mon 06 Mar 2017, 16:24 pm
“Wherever a missionary lives, traders are sure to come; they are mutually dependent and each aids the other.” - David Livingstone, 1857
Mon 27 Feb 2017, 17:29 pm
Previously it was noted that from the age of 10, David Livingstone had been put to work from 6 am to 8 pm, six days a week at a cotton spinning mill. It was while working...
Mon 20 Feb 2017, 15:57 pm
Our previous episode traced the Rev. Dr. David Livingstone’s radical, albeit then anonymous condemnation of Boer oppression of Batswana in the pages of the British Banner...
Mon 13 Feb 2017, 16:46 pm
We concluded last week by noting that the Batswana struggle against Boer oppression had been first brought to the attention of a wider circle of British public opinion by...
Mon 30 Jan 2017, 14:05 pm
We concluded last week by observing that for indigenous African communities in the region, the “Great Trek”, or mass Boer migration into the Highveld region of South Afri...
Mon 23 Jan 2017, 16:44 pm
“It was also about this time that the Transvaal Boers began to bring themselves into hostile contact with the native tribes on their borders.
Mon 16 Jan 2017, 17:03 pm
We had previously noted that in 1842, from his new base in Bulawayo, the Amandebele Nkosi Mzilakazi had sent his army south into Botswana to punish the three Dikgosi who ...
Mon 19 Dec 2016, 16:27 pm
Heretofore, this series has focused on the so-called “Difaqane” era when Botswana was invaded by the “black ants” of Motswasele II’s prophecy, that is the Makololo and th...
Mon 12 Dec 2016, 16:50 pm
The rise of Sekgoma I, great grandfather of Sir Seretse Khama, to Bogosi jwa Bangwato was as much a product of his personal drive and circumstance as birth. His mother, D...
Mon 05 Dec 2016, 16:12 pm
We last left off in July 1842 with Sebego seeking to recruit Dr. David Livingstone by his side, while still facing a potentially hostile coalition to his return into east...
Mon 28 Nov 2016, 16:39 pm
We last left off on the 12th of November 1837, with Boer and Batswana alike watching from atop the Dwarsburg hills as tens of thousands of Amandebele crossed into modern ...
Mon 21 Nov 2016, 17:06 pm
Our last episode left off in 1836-37 with the beginning of the Boer invasion of the South African Highveld or “Great Trek”.
Mon 14 Nov 2016, 17:31 pm
In last week’s episode Kgosi Sebego had defeated and expelled the Ovambandero of Tjamuaha from Ghanzi region. The Bangwaketse victory is said to have been amply rewarded ...
Mon 07 Nov 2016, 17:56 pm
Our previous episode noted that in the aftermath of his great victory over the Amandebele, Kgosi Sebego decided to move west while leaving a segment of the Bangwaketse be...
Mon 31 Oct 2016, 17:11 pm
Previous instalments in this series have examined Sebego’s victories against the Makololo at Dithubaruba in 1826 and the Amandebele at Dutlwe in1833.
Mon 24 Oct 2016, 17:19 pm
In the aftermath of his August 1826 expulsion of the Sebetwane’s Makololo, the Bangwaketse Kgosi Sebego moved his own headquarters from Selokolela to Lwale hill north-wes...
Mon 17 Oct 2016, 20:25 pm
After midnight, now in the early hours of 28th August 1826, the Bangwaketse Kgosi Sebego ordered the final advance. Under cover of darkness his 5,000 men passed quietly t...
Wed 12 Oct 2016, 18:26 pm
Having spent the night at Matlhoshane, before sunrise on the morning of August 26, 1826, Kgosi Sebego’s army, then numbering some 3,000, resumed its advance on the Makolo...
Wed 12 Oct 2016, 18:24 pm
To mark our 50th Anniversary as an independent republic here is a list of 50 things past and present you might not know about Botswana.
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