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Basutoland, Maseru, kingdom of Lesotho, southern Africa, largest city

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Lesotho, formerly Basutoland, country in southern Africa, bordered on all sides by South Africa. Lesotho is one of only three nations in the world to be completely encircled by a single country (the others are San Marino and Vatican City). Its dependence on South Africa for access to the outside extends to economic reliance as well, and has deeply affected the development of the country since independence in 1966. The kingdom of Lesotho is mainly mountainous and has a total area of 30,355 sq km (11,720 sq mi). The capital and largest city is Maseru.



Johnston, Deborah. Lesotho. ABC-CLIO, 1997. Covers Lesotho's history, culture, and politics.

Kendall, K. Limakatso, ed. Basali! Stories by and About Women in Lesotho. University of Natal Press, 1995. Women's thoughts and their role in decision-making processes in Lesotho.


Microsoft Encarta 2009. 1993-2008 Microsoft Corporation.

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