hlotse (motse oa hlotse)

Hlotse is in the Leribe district. It was founded in 1876 by an Anglican missionary, the Reverend John Widdicombe, and suffered heavily during the 1880 Gun War. Today it is quite a small town with little to offer but a few shops and department stores. There are, however, the remains of a small army tower (Major Bell's Tower) built by the British and now in ruin. King Moshoeshoe I, the founder of the nation, was born in the nearby village of Menkhoaneng.