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 (bĕch-wä′nə-lănd′, bĕch′o͞o-ä′-)
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(bɛˈtʃwɑːnəˌlænd; ˌbɛtʃʊˈɑːnəˌlænd; ˌbɛkjʊ-)
(Placename) the former name (until 1966) of Botswana
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(bɒtˈswɑ nə)

a republic in S Africa: formerly a British protectorate; gained independence 1966; member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 1,464,167; 275,000 sq. mi. (712,250 sq. km). Cap.: Gaborone. Formerly, Bechuanaland.
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The BPS of today has evolved from three forces namely Bechuanaland Mounted Police of 1884, the 1885 Bechuanaland Border Police and Bechuanaland Protectorate Police of 1902.
The Bechuanaland Protectorate in southern Africa became what on September 30, 1966?
Africans' royal diplomacy contributed to preserving from white settler colonial rule the kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland and the Bechuanaland Protectorate.
Both felt liberated by the social upheaval that followed the war, and while Seretse, next in line to lead Bechuanaland protectorate (later Botswana), sensed change as the empire weakened, Ruth saw the possibility for something bigger, as women pushed for independence and equality.
Some specific subjects addressed include the African diaspora as a catalyst of African freedom, the Bechuanaland Protectorate and British colonialism, reconstructing Jamaican nationalism, and Muslims in Africa.
He then examines World War I in terms of the significance of the Indian Ocean, the "east of Suez" region (those areas of the world to which the British military had sea lanes of communication through the Suez Canal), and the Bechuanaland Protectorate (now Botswana).
Unexpectedly it's a fairly ordinary story of a rather quiet, shy young man making a career first as a wild life protection officer in the then Bechuanaland Protectorate (now independent Botswana).
In 1885, Sechele accepted Great Britain's offer and the Bechuanaland Protectorate was formed.
It is the colonized land, harsh and unforgiving--savage, of course--in the Bechuanaland Protectorate, yielding and compliant in Swaziland, that is the thread through which Slaughter weaves her story of a young girl finding her will to survive, to endure as colonialism surely will not.
They had come to greet the well-known `Bechuana' king or chief, Khama, and two other brother chiefs from the Bechuanaland Protectorate in southern Africa.
Injustices of many kinds, such as government by proclamation in the Bechuanaland Protectorate and the continued detention, without trial, of Sekgoma of the BaTawana, attract his attention.