), population 137,837 (1996
), is the capital of Lesotho
. Located on the Caledon River, it is Lesotho's only sizable city. The city's manufactures include candles and carpets
. Masero was a small trading town when it was made the capital of the Basuto people by Paramount Chief Moshoeshoe I
. It was the capital of the British Basutoland
protectorate from 1869
and from 1884
, when Basutoland gained its independence and was renamed Lesotho.
The National University of Lesotho is near the city, and an international airport is also nearby.