Major Cities Casablanca - Population: 3,144,909 Rabat - Population: 1,655,753 Fes - Population: 964,891 Sale’ - Population: 903,485 Marrakesh - Population: 839,296 Agadir - Population: 689,310 Tangier - Population: 688,356 Meknes - Population: 545,705
Mountains Toubkal - 13,671’ Ouanounkrim - 13,415’ M’Goun - 13,365’ Rivers Draa River - 684 mi Moulouya River - 323 mi
Toubkal Mountain M’Goun mountain
Draa River Moulouya river
History 685 Arabs invade North Africa. They bring Islam. 1465 Jews and Muslims expelled from Spain settle in Morocco 1660 The Alawite dynasty takes over. The family still rules Morocco today 1860 Spain occupies northern Morocco. 1912 Under the Treaty of Fez, France becomes a protector of Morocco. 1956 Morocco gains independence from France and Spain. But Spain retains control of some territories. 1961 Hassan II becomes king. He rules until his death in 1999. 1976 Moroccan and Algerian troops battle in Western Sahara. 1999 King Hassan dies, and his son, Mohammed VI, comes to power.
Independence Morocco gained independence in 1956 after more than 40 years under the French. King Mohamed V reigned until he died in 1961. His reign was defined by human rights abuses. He treated people harshly that didn’t follow his rules
Culture Foods— Bourekas Merguez-lamb sausage Mrouzia - A sweet dish of lamb with raisins, almonds and honey
Religion—Islamic Women would get tattoos all over their hands on their wedding day
Government: Ruler: King Muhammed VI Prime Minister: Abbas El Fassi Type: Constitutional Monarchy Morocco has a constitution where the Prim Minister is the head of the government and the laws are made by the government and two chambers called the Assembly of Representatives and the Assembly of Councilors. The government is much like ours except the ruler is not elected.
Famous people Just Fontaine – soccer player Samira Said – singer Jean Reno – Actor / 5 languages and president was his best man at wedding
Current Events: Bad 2004 A powerful earthquake rocks Morocco. 2011 Protests occur in major cities, calling for a new constitution and limitations on the King’s power. Good 2014 April Morocco donated 90 tons of fertilizer to St. Kitts