Heritage & Monuments

Statue of Moshoeshoe the Great

Lesotho / Africa

This Statue Depicts King Moshoeshoe (c. 1776 –1870) stands on a high plinth at Maseru.  It is one of many such statues of this important king.  He was the founder of the Basotho nation.  He was born at Menkhoaneng in the northern part of present-day Lesotho. He was the first son of Mokhachane, a minor chief of the Bamokoteli lineage, a branch of the Koena (crocodile) clan. In his youth, he helped his father gain power over some smaller clans. At the age of 34, Moshoeshoe formed his own clan and became a chief.  He and his followers settled at the Butha-Buthe Mountain. He subsequently became the first King of Lesotho from 1822 to 1870.  He was known as a diplomat who extended friendship to the enemies he defeated.  Moshoeshoe day is celebrated annually on 11 March, the anniversary of his death.

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