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Ahhhhh, Morocco, the gateway to Africa.
Just reciting the names of its famous cities is enough to bring on a romantic, adventurous reverie: Tangier, Fez, Marrakesh, Casablanca.
South of Europe, separated from Spain and Portugal by the Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco has long been a jumping-off point for invaders and tourists. (Not much of a difference, right? :-) Here's a very short history of the goings-on:
Morocco comes under Roman rule.
Arabs rule Morocco, most people switch to Islam.
King Idris ibn Adballah unites the Berbers and Arabs in a monarchy that lasts 200 years.
American and British forces combat Moroccan piracy in the Mediterranean.
France begins exerting control over Morocco and takes over in 1912.
Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt meet in Casablanca during World War II to discuss wartime strategy.
Independence forces begin open warfare on French forces in Morocco. Morocco become independent on March 2, 1956
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