First Day Covers from the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Series, 1977
Queen Elizabeth II 1977 Silver Jubilee postage stamps
A British protectorate known as Bechaunaland until the attainment of independence in 1966, Botswana is covered largely by the Kalahari Desert. The country is named for its people, the Batswana. Although English is the official language, many natives speak Bantu languages. The thousands of Bushmen who roam the Kalahari speak a language characterized by clicking sounds. The land-locked country of southern Africa is a large producer of cattle; large reserves of nickel and copper await development.
One of Botswana's first acts of independence was to establish its capital at Gaborone. There, on February 7, 1977, the former British protectorate issued First Day Covers in honour of the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.