Category Morocco History

Morocco, with its rich tapestry of Berber, Phoenician, Roman, and Arab influences, has been a crossroads of culture and civilization for millennia. Inhabited since prehistoric times, it saw Phoenician traders establish coastal outposts, followed by Roman annexations. The 7th century heralded Arab-Islamic conquests, interweaving the native Berber culture with Islamic traditions. Various Berber dynasties, including the Almoravids and Almohads, expanded their empires across North Africa and into Spain. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw European powers vying for control, with Morocco becoming a French protectorate in 1912. It regained its independence in 1956, and today remains a monarchy under the Alaouite Dynasty.