Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Molefi Kete Asante
The Sotho, or Basotho people as they are formally called, live in southern Africa, where they have resided since the 14th century. According to most historians, they entered the southern region of Africa from the north. Starting their migration from the Great Lakes region of East Africa, these adventurous people crossed the Limpopo into South Africa, tested by their long journey and the protection of their ancestors along the way. However, it is generally believed that the history of the Basotho is split into two parts. One part is the history before Moshoeshoe I, and the second part is the history of the people after Moshoeshoe I. Due to his brilliance as a strategist, his integrity as a diplomat, and his generosity to his enemies, Moshoeshoe became, even during his lifetime, one of the most significant kings of southern Africa. He was, in a sense, larger than the times because ...