Bechuanaland

Ref: P4623
  • £225.00

1898 Cape ½d post card overprinted BECHUANALND to Kenilworth, Cape Town, with a 1d cancelled KANYE AU 5 98 with a similar cancel alongside. A Kenilworth 10 AU 98 arrival cancel is on the front of the card. 51 miles south west of Gaberone, this village was established in the 1790s by Makaba, the paramount chief of the Ngwaketse (a tribe of the larger Tswana people). He moved his tribe to Kanye after losing a battle to the nearby Kwena tribe, fortifying an existing hill (Kanye Hill) with stone walls. An uncommon cancel at that time.