Lesotho History

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Basutoland first received the protection of Britain in 1868. In 1871, the territory was annexed to the Cape Colony, but in 1884 it was restored to direct control of the British government. In 1966, Basutoland became an independent and sovereign member of the British Commonwealth under the name of the Kingdom of Lesotho.[1]


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Southern Africa,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1987-1998.