European gold prospectors arrive and begin mining.
Britain proclaims a protectorate called Bechuanaland.
Bechuanaland is granted independence and becomes the Republic of Botswana.
Botswana is a founder member of the Southern African Development Coordination Conference, which aims to reduce the region's economic dependence on South Africa.
President Mogae declares that AIDS drugs will be freely available beginning in 2001.
Botswana begins building a fence along its border with Zimbabwe to deter illegal immigrants from entering the country.
Botswana launches its own diamond trading company called the Diamond Trading Company Botswana.