oa Botswana Notes & Records - The Relationship between Batswana Chiefs and British Administrators: A linguistic perspective

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0525-5090



In the late 1800s Bechuanaland and other less powerful territories neighbouring South Africa were in danger of being annexed by the powerful Boers. Bechuanaland asked for protection from the British government and in 1885 it was declared a British Protectorate (Campbell 1979). The advent of the British called for a redefining and regulation of the powers of the chiefs, a step that naturally bred misunderstanding and strains in the relationship between the local chiefs and British administrators.

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