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Botswana

[ bot-swah-nuh ]
/ bɒtˈswɑ nə /
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noun
a republic in southern Africa: formerly a British protectorate; gained independence 1966; member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 275,000 sq. mi. (712,250 sq. km). Capital: Gaborone.
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Official name Republic of Botswana . Formerly Bech·u·a·na·land [bech-oo-ah-nuh-land, bek-yoo-] /ˌbɛtʃ uˈɑ nəˌlænd, ˌbɛk yu-/ .
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British Dictionary definitions for Botswana

Botswana
/ (bʊˈtʃwɑːnə, bʊtˈswɑːnə, bɒt-) /

noun
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: 2 127 825 (2013 est). Area: about 570 000 sq km (220 000 sq miles)
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Cultural definitions for Botswana

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.

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Botswana became independent from British control in the 1960s.
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