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Morocco's History

Morocco was already well developed when the Romans created two provinces of Mauretania in its current borders in 40AD. Rome’s fall brought a variety of invaders led by the Vandals, Visigoths and finally the Greek Byzantines before the Muslim era began in 683. Morocco became a part of the Umayyad Dynasty governed from then capital of the Islamic world, Damascus. Muslim conquerors continued on into Spain and Morocco underwent a continuous change of Islamic dynasties, flourishing under Berber rule during the height of Europe’s Dark Ages in the 11th Century. In 1666 the Alaouite Dynasty secured its position and defended Moroccan independence against Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish aggression. France became interested in Morocco and eventually Spain and France carved up Morocco in 1912, the largest slice going to Paris. In 1956 France caved in to demands for independence and restored exiled King Mohammed V to his throne and left.

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Morocco celebrated 60 years of renewed independence in 2016 led by the popular constitutional monarch King Mohammad VI, who has occupied the throne since 1999. The colourful and diverse nation, although not part of Europe is very Mediterranean focused and feels more comfortable in Europe than Africa and is eager to join the European Union. The Muslim community is quite conservative by Western standards but very liberal by Islamic. Morocco is a land of contrasts. The legendary snow caped Atlas Mountains side by side with the Sahara desert, the modern with ancient, both secular and religious and fun loving and devout. Every visitor falls in love with Morocco.

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