The career and achievement of Mosheshe as the chief of the Basuto nation

The career and achievement of Mosheshe as the chief of the Basuto nation

  • Mosheshe founded a new state of Basuto land which is to the present day Lesotho.
  • He ruled a nation of many tribes for over a period of 40 years with out a major rebellion.




  • Mosheshe collected many people of different tribes and made them accept him as their rightful leader.
  • He created a new nation with one language and culture from different people.
  • Mosheshe defended the Basuto nation against hostile African tribes and European intruders. In fact, by the time Mosheshe died the survival of Basutoland was a sure deal
  • He built a strong army and equipped it with fire arms and horses bought from the cape to defend his state.
  • Through marriage connections, Mosheshe promoted unity and nationalism in the Sotho state.
  • Mosheshe encouraged missionaries to settle in Basutoland as a result of this,his children and the Sotho people got western education.




  • Mosheshe laid a foundation of democracy in the Sotho state by holding regularly council meetings called Pitso.
  • Politically stability and peace increased during the time of Mosheshe.
  • Mosheshe was a great leader of the 19th century equated to great leaders outside like Napoleon.
  • He manages to rule the Sotho nation for a long period (40 years) with out revolt
  • Mosheshe defeated his enemies such as the Tlokwa and the Rolong and added them to his kingdom.




  • He encouraged trade with the Europeans hence improving the economy of his state.
  • However Mosheshe gave the land of Africans to Europeans to appease them

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