In 1975 Botswana issued a
set of three stamps to mark the 90th anniversary of the establishment
of the Bechuanaland Protectorate, which became Botswana, in 1885. One
of the stamps has a map of the Protectorate, with an obvious error. It
includes within the territory of the Protectorate the former Crown
Colony of Bechuanaland which was created at the same time. The Colony
was later transferred to the Cape Colony (South Africa).
The area in question is south of the Molopo
River, north of the Cape Colony and west of the Transvaal.
Also, in 1885 the northern boundary was at 22°S
latitude. That was extended to about 19°S in 1890.
Protectorate was administered as a High Commission Territory from 1891
until August 1, 1964 when the Commission was dissolved. The
Protectorate became self-governing on March 1, 1965. In 1966 the
Republic of Botswana became independent.