I am really confused between these 2 sentences:

He settled himself in London.
He was settled in London.

Do they convey exactly same meaning? And why do we need reflexive pronoun in the first one but not in the second one?

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To settle oneself somewhere is to take up residence in that place, with the intention of remaining there for more than a short time. To be settled somewhere is to have previously done that. The first refers to an act, the second to a state.

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