Bechuanaland Protectorate

Bechuanaland Protectorate

Historical Information

The Bechuanaland Protectorate was established in 1885, Great Britain in southern Africa. The Bechuanaland Protectorate was technically a protectorate rather than a colony. Originally the local Tswana rulers were left in power, and the British administration was limited to a police force to protect Bechuanaland’s borders against other European colonial ventures. But in 1891 the British Government gave the administration of the protectorate to the High Commissioner for South Africa, who started to appoint officials in Bechuanaland, and the de facto independence of Bechuanaland ended.

The protectorate was administered from Mafeking, creating a unique situation of the capital of the territory being located outside of it. The area of Mafeking in which the administration was housed was called ‘The Imperial Reserve’. In 1885, when the protectorate was declared, Bechuanaland was bounded to the north by the latitude of 22° south. The northern boundary of the Protectorate was formally extended northward by the British to include Ngamiland, which was dominated by the Tawana state, in 1890. This claim was formally recognized by Germany the following day by Article III of the Heligoland-Zanzibar Treaty, which confirmed the western boundary of the British protectorate of Bechuanaland and the German protectorate of South-West Africa and also created the Caprivi strip. The official with the authority of a governor was the High Commissioner.

Current Events

Increased raiding by Boer rebels have increased tensions between the The British Consulate and the local tribes, primarily the Ngwaketse.


Organizations, Tribes, and Groups

Geological Formations

Bechuanaland Protectorate

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