Morocco is a Northern African country , bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and the annexed Western Sahara. It is one of only three nations (along with Spain and France) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines.
Morocco officially gained independence on 2 March 1956 after the signing of a joint declaration in Paris to replace the Treaty of Fez that had established the protectorate in 1912. Tunisia’s turn would come just a few weeks later.
The Alouites have ruled Morocco since the 17th century. Today the country is governed by King Mohammed VI who was crowned on 30 July 1999. He is the 23rd monarch of the Alaouite dynasty and the 3rd to bear the title of King.
Before the advent of colonization and the imposition of the protectorate on Morocco , the country was fully sovereign, independent, and united. And the Sahara was under Moroccan sovereignty. During that era there was no entity whatsoever in the Sahara that was separate from Morocco .
This map shows the division of colonized Morocco between Spain and France . The French Protectorate(green) controlled a larger portion of Morocco than the Spanish Protectorate(pink/red). The coastal city, Tangier(yellow), was an international zone while the rest of Morocco was taken over.
Despite its economic progress, 4 million Moroccans remain in poverty and live on less than $4 a day. Poverty in Morocco remains an issue. Recognizing the poverty crisis in Morocco is essential to alleviating it; such a feat is possible through providing facts about poverty in Morocco to the public.
Morocco has long been considered the most Western-oriented society in the Arab world. For Morocco is not an Arab country at all, but a Berber one with a deceptive Arab veneer. Half the Moroccan population speaks Berber, a Hamitic language similar to ancient Libyan with an alphabet that bears no resemblance to Arabic .
North Africans in the United States are Americans with origins in the region of North Africa. This group includes Americans of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. Persons from North Africa have been in the United States since the sixteenth century.
During World War II, Morocco , which was then occupied by France, was controlled by Vichy France from 1940 to 1942 after the occupation of France by Nazi Germany .
Spain finally ceded its southern zone through the Treaty of Angra de Cintra on 1 April 1958, after the short Ifni War. Since France already held a protectorate over the entire country and controlled Morocco’s foreign affairs (since 30 March 1912), it also held the power to delegate a zone to Spanish protection.
In 1859, Morocco went to war with Spain. Germany attempted to counter the growing French influence, leading to the First Moroccan Crisis of 1905–1906, and the Second Moroccan Crisis of 1911. Morocco became a French Protectorate through the Treaty of Fez in 1912.
The king’s net worth has been estimated at between US$2.1 billion and over US$5 billion, and he is the richest king in Africa in 2014 according to the American business magazine Forbes. and he is the 5th richest king in the world.
Wealthiest People in Morocco Othman Benjelloun . $2.4 Billion. King Mohammed VI of Morocco . $2.1 Billion. Aziz Akhannouch . $1.7 Billion. Miloud Chaabi. $1.3 Billion. Anas Sefrioui. $1.1 Billion. King Hassan II. $1 Billion.
Arranged marriages are “common” in Morocco (Manchester Guardian Weekly 22 Mar. 2000). One survey showed that 22 per cent of women in Morocco are married without their consent while 7.9 per cent of women are married by force ((Famafrique 23 June 2000).