Before 30 September 1966 Botswana was know as the British Prolectorate Bechuanaland governed by the High Commission in South African.
The flag at that time was a Union Jack with a disc in the center with the letters S.A.H.C. which obviously stands for the South Africa High Commission.
On 30 September 1996 when independence was achieved they adopted a new flag a new name “Botswana” for their nation. Botswana by the way has one of the strongest economies in all of Africa.
The flag of Botswana has two light blue stripes separated by a black center stripe with thin white stripes on the top and bottom of the black stripe. The black and white stripes symbolize the zebra and racial harmony among the people of Botswana.
A flag is not just a piece of cloth with an emblem on it. A national flag should speak to the hearts of the people it represents.
For example the thirteen stripes on the U.S. flag represent the original thirteen colonies and the fifty stars represent the current fifty states of the union. The current flag of Botswana is a symbol of freedom and peace for the citizens of Botswana after many years under British rule.
Botswana is a new nation which has only been independent for thirteen years. With a successful economy we may soon see Botswana one of the leading countries of the world.