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
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.