What to Know About Morocco

Morocco is an amazing vacation destination with many different areas to choose from. The mountainous valleys and the vast deserts allow tourists with many places to explore. If your destination is along the coast you’re sure to get a brilliant sight from the bright blue waters that line it. So what exactly makes morocco a great vacation destination?

A Brief History

Morocco has been inhabited by humans for tens of thousands of years. From the Iberomaurusian to the Berber cultures many different kinds of humans inhabited the land. Trading colonies were said to have been set up as early as 6 BC.

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Many years later in about 1830 the French and the Spanish began to both show interest in Morocco. The French for its close Algerian boarder, and the Spanish for its industrial gains. The Spanish later took over the Northern and Southern most parts of the Sahara while the French was in control of the rest. The French decided to leave the land alone and allow it to remain as it was but the Spanish had other plans in mind. They quickly began to make use of the agriculture and began to build farms, mine, and harbors. The colonists that inhabited Morocco didn’t like what the Spanish nation was doing to their precious land and sought help from France to gain more control over it. Deciding that it was time for a change, the French took that majority of the control over the land.

Soon after Morocco began to become more established.  A schooling system was created, and slavery was abolished. But it wasn’t long before the Colonists that inhabited Morocco to get fed up of being ruled by other countries. Somewhere between 1921 and 1926 the colonists attempted a rebellion but the French and Spanish soldiers were too over powering. And in 1943 another rebellion was in the midst’s with the unknown help from the US. In 1952 when the French exiled Mohammad V and replaced him with Mohammed Ben Aarafa the rebellion start to take hold. The French, seeing that the violence would not stop, allowed Mohammad V to return in 1955 and the Morocco independence negations began the following year. In March of 1956 Morocco was finally considered independent and Mohammad V became King in 1957. After Mohammad’s death in 1961 Hassan II became King. Years later his son, Mohammad VI, became King in 1999. Throughout the years of his rein Morocco has been plagued with protests and uprisings.

Tourism

There are many amazing things for tourists to do despite it’s less than happy background. Chefchaouen is one of the favorite cities for tourists to stay in. It’s beautiful architecture is set along the side of a mountain and resembles something that may be seen in Greece.

Another favorite tourist spot is the Todra Gorge. Located on the east side of the Atlas Mountains, the gorge is surrounded by vast cliff drops that can stretch up to 160 meters high. The smallest part of the gorge is just 10 meters wide in some places. It was made over the years from the many rivers that used to run through the valley.

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Perhaps one of the most well-known and arguably favorite places in Morocco is the town of Djemaa el Fna. In the center of the town is a great square that is always occupied. You can find things like snake charmers, magicians, physics, people holding monkeys, and food stands. The night life is the most interesting about the place because once night falls some say the entire town becomes a giant party. Who wouldn’t want to visit a place such as this?

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