Morocco - Bygone Days To Present Ways, Morocco has a history as important as any other in Africa, Eurasia or America. In some parts of the world, when humans first learned that stones make better tools than twigs, the Moroccan mountains and their interior were inhabited by Libyan and Ethiopian settlers named Barbaroy. Phoenician trading posts soon developed rapidly at the ports of Chela (Rabat) and Tingis (Tangier). Morocco has a long history that should not be ignored.
During the tiring days, the Sahara desert broke out with flora and fauna as well as hunters and gatherers. These first humans were among the earliest ancestors of Morocco. Archaeologists have also pointed out that Morocco blushed with humanity during the Stone Age before people reached Egypt, Algeria and Libya.
These earliest settlers - now Berbers - thwarted any attempt to invade the interior of Morocco. When the Romans arrived a few years later, the Moroccan Berbers surprisingly opposed this occupation. Although the Romans occupied most of Outer Morocco, the Reef Mountains and High Atlas Mountains were untouched for centuries. Later, when the Vandal and Byzantine armies invaded Morocco as their own, the interior - the Berbers of the High Atlas Mountains - remained united and invincible.
Morocco - Bygone Days To Present Ways, The Moroccan Berber is not Islamic, not even when Islam reached Tunisia around 650 AD, or when it reached the Moroccan plains from Musa Ibn Nasr. More Moroccans - former Christians and Jews - converted to Islam before unifying the state - and its Berbers - into the broad religion of Islam today. Under Moulay Idris II, Arab rule controlled most of Morocco. With the creation of Fez as an influential city along the trade route and the famous Kairawin University, Arab influence became unstoppable.
The dynasties that ruled Morocco came and went. From the Almoravids, Almohads, Merenids to the Wattasids, Saadians and Alaouites, Moroccan sovereignty sees countless hills and valleys. The state has gone from one power of government to the next. Even in the 20th century, power struggles seem to have become commonplace.
France colonized Morocco in the early 1900s. With a similar model used elsewhere - even in Tunisia and Algeria - French hegemony was flourishing, despite sharing parts of the country near the Atlantic and Mediterranean with Spain. The French cleverly gave (some) their mountain and tribal guides a certain degree of independence. Rabat and Casablanca are French-style administrative capitals. Over time, World War II and several national and international tensions, Sidi Mohammed became King of Morocco in 1956. Spain still controlled Sebta and Mellila on the Mediterranean coast.
Morocco - Bygone Days To Present Ways, Today Morocco has some extraordinary relationships with the rest of the world. The newest ruler, King Mohammed VI, maintains various friendships and alliances with Arab and Western circles. Although Western Sahara remains in doubt, the current king expressed concern that he would optimistically help Morocco enter the modern world as a competitor to the global economy and market.
Touring in Morocco and tourism in Morocco are growing rapidly. With the increase in the number of tourists, the country is about to change (perhaps more west). Morocco should be visited earlier rather than later to better understand old traditions mixed with new ways of thinking and acting.
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