The Kingdom of Lesotho: Introductory Note
Professor Tushar Kanti Saha, Dr Lukman AbdulraufEdited By: Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa
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Lesotho has a chequered but turbulent history. In 1820, Moshoeshoe I (1786–1870) established the Basotho nation with a capital at Buthe-Buthe (which laid the foundations for the eventual Kingdom of Lesotho), shifting in 1824 to Thaba Bosiu (mountain at night), then known as Basutoland. Thaba Bosiu proved to be an impregnable fortress. It was successfully defended against an Amangwane army in 1828; against the Batlokoa during Moshoesho’s absence while he was on a cattle raid in 1829; and against the Ndebele of Mzilikaziin in 1831. For strategic reasons and mainly...