The Barolong were in many skirmishes e.g. when the Goshenites raided Barolong
cattle posts north west of Mafikeng and drove off over 3000 head of
cattle. The Tswanas is a peaceful nation and always willing to a peace treaty
e.g. with Gey von Pittius and Joubert.
As all independent nation the Barolong were also not willing to let the
land that rightfully belong to them be taken. The English knew it was for
their own good to have the Barolongs on there side. Warren offered to help Montshiwa by erecting a chapel for his Wesleyan
subjects to replace the one built by Molema and wrecked during the war of
1881-1884 against the Goshenites. Three Barolong regiments made bricks and
supplied unskilled labour while the Royal Engineers did the masonry and
skilled work. The church was opened on December 5, 1885 and continued to
be in use until recently.
The Tswanas mainly lived from what the land could offer
them and kept a lot of livestock, They regarded family and extended family
life very high.
Sol Plaatje was one of the most
well known Tswana people.