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Since then, it has maintained a strong tradition of stable representative democracy, with a consistent record of uninterrupted democratic elections and the best perceived corruption ranking in Africa since at least 1998.
Botswana is topographically flat, with up to 70 percent of its territory being the Kalahari Desert.
The northern territory remained under direct administration as the Bechuanaland Protectorate; it gained independence as modern-day Botswana.
The southern territory, British Bechuanaland, became part of the Cape Colony and is now part of the northwest province of South Africa.
By 1880 every major village had a resident missionary, and their influence became permanent.
Christianization was completed in Botswana under the reign of king Khama III (reigned 1875–1923).
In the late nineteenth century, hostilities broke out between Tswana inhabitants of Botswana and Ndebele tribes who were making incursions into the territory from the north-east.Both speak Khoisan languages and lived as hunter-gatherers.About a thousand years ago, large chiefdoms emerged that were later eclipsed by the Great Zimbabwe empire, which spread into eastern Botswana.Some human development occurred before the colonial period.During the 1700s, the slave and ivory trades were expanding.