Morocco - Africa's pearl in the north
Even if it hasn't been an insider tip for a long time, it is always exciting:
by car to Morocco.
You can take a ferry to Morocco from Italy, France or Spain. Only a little
later you can feel the desert under your own wheels. And even a tire change is
certainly more romantic on a Moroccan dune than on a German lifting
platform. For water afraid there is not only aircraft but also a land border
between Spain and Morocco. However, you can only cross this when you are
already on the African continent: the Spanish exclaves Ceuta and Melilla border
The borders of Morocco are also clearly defined in the east and
west. The Atlantic Ocean remains peaceful in its seabed, and the serious border
conflicts with Algeria are a thing of the past. On the other hand, it is still
uncertain what is meant by southern Morocco. Does Morocco border the Western
Sahara in the south? Or is the West Sahara a Moroccan national territory? The
Western Sahara conflict has unfortunately still not been resolved - but at least
there has been a ceasefire between Morocco and the independence movement Frente
Polisario since 1991.
And so today everyone can drive from southern Europe to southern Morocco in
their VW bus - wherever that is. On the way back to the north, you change your
tires romantically again, give each other a sandstone in Marrakech and look each
other in love at the end of the day in Casablanca.
|Name of the country
||Kingdom of Morocco
|Form of government
||North West Africa
||around 36.5 million (Credit:
||Arabs and Berbers
||99% profess Islam (state religion)
only approx. 0.1% are Christians
||Arabic is the official language
||Jbel Toubqâl with a height of 4,165 m
||Oum er Rabia with a length of 555 km
||There are no larger lakes in Morocco.
|International license plate
|Time difference to CET
||- 1 h
|International phone code
|Mains voltage, frequency
||110 and 220 volts, 50 hertz
|Internet TLD (Top Level Domain)
Until the 18th century
In antiquity, the kingdom of Mauritania came into being in what is
now Morocco and western Algeria. The importance of the empire grew through the Trans-Saharan
trade and the conquest of Spain. In AD 42, Mauritania was conquered by
the Romans. From 429-534 dominated Vandals the country that
fell in the 6th century in the Byzantine Empire. 680-700 the Arabs conquered
Mauritania and subsequently Islamized it.
Abbreviationfinder website, independent dynasties ruled from 890, first the Idrisids, then from 986 to
1062 the Fatimids, then the Almoravids and Almohads with the capital of
Marrakech, who also ruled Arab Spain. The Merinids followed in 1269, then the
Watasids and the Sandites.
In 1415 the Portuguese and in 1497 the Spanish began to occupy parts of
The Sherif of Tafilâlt, whose dynasty began in 1546, drove out the Europeans
again and achieved the largest expansion of the Mauritanian Empire to date.
In 1667 the rule of the Alawiten/Aliden or Hassaniden began, a sideline of
the Sherif, the dynasty that ruled Mauritania to this day.
In 1684 they drove the English from Tangier and in 1720 the last Portuguese from
In the 19th and 20th centuries
From 1844 to 1845, the Algerian Abd el-Kader's flight to Morocco led to
clashes with France.
In 1859/60 the Spaniards occupied Tetouan.
In 1904 the "peaceful penetration" of Morocco through France began under Abd
Germany's attempt to occupy Morocco failed after the two " Morocco
crises " of 1905 and 1911.
In the same year, Spain expanded its protected area in northern Morocco. The
uprising of the Rifkabylen, which broke out there in 1921, could not be put down
with French help until 1926.
After the Allies landed in 1942, American President FD Roosevelt
promised independence to Sultan Mohammed V ben Yusuf.
Morocco became independent on March 2, 1956; the Spanish protectorate zones and
Tangier were annexed again.
In 1957 the Sultan assumed the title of king as Mohammed V. In 1961 he was
followed by his son Hassan II.
Constitutional conditions and a party system could only develop with great
difficulty because the king ruled very dictatorially. Above all, he took action
against the left opposition. The left opposition politician Mehdi Ben
Barka was kidnapped and murdered in 1965 while in exile in Paris with
the help of French police officers.
In 1971 and 1972, two republican coup attempts against Hassan II failed.
The Western Sahara conflict
The annexation of further desert areas in North West Africa, including all of
Mauritania and parts of Algeria, led to a border war with Algeria in 1963.
The former Spanish Sahara colony was divided between Morocco and Mauritania
in 1975. There, the military resistance of the " Polisario " independence
movement led to the so-called Western Sahara conflict.
In 1979, Mauritania renounced its share of the Western Sahara in favor of the
Polisario and Morocco occupied the area. In 1984 Morocco left the Organization
for African Unity (OAU) because it had accepted the Polisario as a member.
In 1991 Morocco and the Polisario agreed to a UN peace plan, which included
holding a referendum in the disputed area.
In the parliamentary elections of 1998, the left opposition in Morocco came to
power for the first time under Youssoufi.
After the death of Hassan II in 1999, his son Mohammed VI joined. took
over the succession and began to introduce democratic reforms in the country. No
solution has yet been found for the Western Sahara conflict.