The establishment of the protectorate (part 2) – The lost confederation

We left off last week with 1871 British annexation of the diamond fields around Kimberley as the “Crown Colony of Griqualand West.”

The new colonial state thereafter wasted little time in vesting itself with the full administrative authority over the allocation of land, an usurpation which resulted in the predominately Batlhaping indigenous population losing virtually all of their communal territory to the mining companies and white settlers who were then flocking into the region.

 

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Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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