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Moroccan History

Despite being a relatively small country on the northwest corner of Africa, Morocco has had a very long and dynamic history. With the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the Mediterranean Sea on the north side, Morocco boasts an amazing array of landscape, history and culture.

When you visit Morocco, you will be able to see Spain from only nine miles away as you look towards it over the Strait of Gibraltar. You will see the High Atlas mountains that once funneled gold and slaves from West Africa as well. History and the landscape is what you get when you visit Morocco.

You will meet the people who have occupied the region since long before the Roman Empire arrived in 150 BC; the Berbers. Eventually, after the Fall of the Roman Empire, the Berbers were joined by the Arabs in 685, which spread Islam to Morocco. On your Morocco tour, you will see ample evidence of this throughout the cities and countryside in the architectures that dominates the land.
In the 10th century, the Berber-Muslim dynasty established a kingdom that stretched from Spain to Senegal, and it was not until 1415 that Europeans began to come into the country. The infusion of their culture changed Morocco and that can be seen on your Morocco customized tour into the country.
In 1492, three million European Muslims and Jews came to Morocco, which helped Morocco earn a reputation as a place of hospitality and co-operation.

An interesting tidbit of history is that Morocco was the first country to recognize the United States of America in 1776. For those of you coming from the United States to Morocco , you are coming to be greeted by friends!
In the 19th and 20th centuries, Morocco was occupied by European powers who sparked an intense rivalry between France, Spain and Germany. France eventually won out and Morocco remained under French rule until 1956. You will be able to see ample examples of French influence in the French administration towns .
Only occupying the country for 40 years, France had a big impact and French is the second language of the country

Currently, Morocco has 30 million people and is ruled by a constitutional monarchy. The Moroccan kings who came after the French occupation have established themselves as excellent rulers, including King Hassan II, who was instrumental in the Middle East peace process. In fact, Morocco is one of the few Arab countries that has continuous commercial ties with Israel. You will see a heavy Jewish influence on Moroccan culture. After King Haslan II died, his son, King Mohammed VI took over and worked on the reforms of his father to establish economic development through privatization of state industries and funding for the tourism industry and film production industry. As a result, Morocco is one of the best countries to visit in Africa, and the World.

Morocco has become an incredibly progressive country, launching laws to protect men, women and children, including rights that give rights to women in marriage, divorce and custody of children.