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Lesotho

le sO' tO, a monarchy in southern Africa

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Kingdom of Lesotho
Kingdom of Lesotho
Origin of Name Lesotho was named for the Sotho, the dominant ethnic group. Area 11,720 sq mi. Population 1,947,701. Capital Maseru. Independence from Great Britain Achieved October 4, 1966.

Basutoland
Basutoland
Basutoland's origins trace back to Moshoeshoe, a Basotho chief who began consolidating various scattered Bantu-speaking tribes against Zulu invaders. The kingdom he founded became a British protectorate in 1868, and the independent nation of Lesotho in 1966.

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