Botswana: History

  1. 1867

    European gold prospectors arrive and begin mining.

  2. 1885

    Britain proclaims a protectorate called Bechuanaland.

  3. 1966

    Bechuanaland is granted independence and becomes the Republic of Botswana.

  4. 1980

    Botswana is a founder member of the Southern African Development Coordination Conference, which aims to reduce the region's economic dependence on South Africa.

  5. 2000

    President Mogae declares that AIDS drugs will be freely available beginning in 2001.

  6. 2003

    Botswana begins building a fence along its border with Zimbabwe to deter illegal immigrants from entering the country.

  7. 2008

    Botswana launches its own diamond trading company called the Diamond Trading Company Botswana.


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