Swaziland definition by Webster's New World
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country in SE Africa, surrounded on three sides by South Africa: a former British protectorate, it became an independent kingdom & member of the Commonwealth (1968): 6,705 sq mi (17,366 sq km); pop. 681,000; cap. Mbabane
Swaziland definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A country of southeast Africa between South Africa and Mozambique. Settled in the early 19th century by Swazi groups fleeing Zulu attacks, the region became a South African protectorate (1894-1899) and was subsequently transferred to British administration in 1903. Swaziland was granted limited autonomy in 1963 and achieved full independence in 1968. The country's first democratic elections were held in 1993. Mbabane is the capital and the largest city. Population: 1,130,000.
Swaziland - Cultural Definition
- In 1903, Swaziland became a British territory. It became fully independent in 1968.
- The Swazi people resisted Afrikaner demands for incorporation into South Africa. After the collapse of apartheid, Swaziland established diplomatic relations with South Africa.