Morocco “I love Morocco – it’s a real challenge to all five senses. You think you know something, and you don’t. It’s wonderful. It keeps you on…
“I love Morocco – it’s a real challenge to all five senses. You think you know something, and you don’t. It’s wonderful. It keeps you on your toes that way.” – Amy Ryan
$1USD = 9.52 (MAD) Moroccan Dirham
A local meal will cost 30 MAD
A mid-range meal for two will cost 200 MAD
Morocco enjoys a long and vibrant history, with human remains dating back to 400,000 BCE. The region primarily served nomadic Berber tribes – and continues to do so – until the arrival of the Phoenicians and the founding of Carthage in 800 BCE. After the fall of Carthage, the region remained until Roman rule until the Muslim conquest in 700.
Morocco would flourish under various Islamic rulers and kingdoms, but reach it’s height under the Berber Dynasties lasting from 1060 to 1549. Beginning with the Saadian Dynasty, the region transitioned to Arabic speaking rulers, claiming descent from the prophet Muhammad directly.
Ottoman rule wavered in the early 1800s due to growing European power, and in 1830, Morocco came under the interest of France. French influence continued in the coming century with Morocco becoming a French protectorate in 1912.
Opposition toward European rule began in 1921, but did not culminate in sovereignty in 1956 with the Revolution of the King and the People by Mohammad V. Rule of Hassan II was harsh and saw much political unrest. However, his succession with Mohammad VI has seen renewed prosperity and growth in the nation in 1999.
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