Botswana

[bot-swah-nuh]
noun
a republic in S Africa: formerly a British protectorate; gained independence 1966; member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 275,000 sq. mi. (712,250 sq. km). Capital: Gaborone.
Formerly Bechuanaland.
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Botswana (bʊˈtʃwɑːnə, bʊtˈswɑːnə, bɒt-)
 
n
a republic in southern Africa: established as the British protectorate of Bechuanaland in 1885 as a defence against the Boers; became an independent state within the Commonwealth in 1966; consists mostly of a plateau averaging 1000 m (3300 ft), with the extensive Okavango swamps in the northwest and the Kalahari Desert in the southwest. Languages: English and Tswana. Religion: animist majority. Currency: pula. Capital: Gaborone. Pop: 1 795 000 (2004 est). Area: about 570 000 sq km (220 000 sq miles)

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Botswana [(bot-swah-nuh)]

Republic in south-central Africa, bordered on the south by South Africa, the west by Namibia, the north by Angola and Zambia, and the northeast by Zimbabwe; formerly called Bechuanaland. The capital and largest city is Gaborone.

Note: Botswana became independent from British control in the 1960s.
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