A Guide To Morocco – Facts And History

It is often to connect a country to its uniqueness based on certain aspects of religion, culture, location, norms and population. These are some of the most characteristic diversities in any region. Morocco is no different. By taking a look at some interesting facts about the country, as well as its history, there are many ways Morocco shows how unique it is.

 

Morocco is located in the northern region of the African continent. Also referred to as Maghreb, the capital city of the county is Rabat. This city has an estimated population of 3.3 million. The major languages in the country are:

 

Berber

Arabic

Spanish

French

 

Because the country is so close to Spain is the reason why many locals are proficient in this language.

 

Morocco’s History

As previously mentioned, Morocco is a country that is rich in history and culture. The current way of life in Morocco was greatly influenced by the ancient culture of the country. However, outside influences have also contributed to Moroccan culture.

 

One of the first group of people to inhabit the land were the Berbers. This moved to the land over 3000 years ago. These people lived as tribes, and there was no governmental body, but the elders and leaders of each tribe created laws for the Berbers to follow.

 

The first group to invade Morocco was the Phoenicians during the 12th century B.C. Although they established the coastal areas of Morocco, they were defeated by the Carthaginians during the 2nd century B.C. This group was defeated by the Romans who seised control of the area that would be known as Morocco.

 

Several conflicts arose between the Portuguese and the Spanish in the 15th century. In the end, Morocco was granted permission to be an independent country by the Sultan’s request in 1950. The application was initially denied, but the Sultan was able to become king in 1957. Complete independence was obtained in 1956.

 

Moroccan Facts

When accepting reservations for social events and gatherings, you must attend the event with your wife or husband. Upon entering you must remove your shoes, and it is common for the host to offer guests green tea with mint. The tea is often prepared in the presence of guests.

 

There are three different variations of the Moroccan language, and they differ depending on your location. The variations are:

 

Darija

Tarifit

Tashelhit

 

These variations are considered the first dialects, and they are taught to young children. However, after the child reaches 8 or 9 years old, they are taught Arabic.

The dress code in Morocco is very conservative. Women must be covered from their waist to their ankles, while men must wear clothes that cover them from their waists to below their knees.

The dress code is in effect to help reduce sexual harassment incidents. Keep in mind that if you are travelling to Morocco for the first time, the locals of the country are not fond of designer clothing. This means it would be best to not bring high-end accessories and electronics with you because it will likely leave a bad impression on Moroccans.

 

Morocco’s interesting and unique history makes it a travel destination for history enthusiasts. With an abundance of sights to see, you will surely find something to enjoy while you are there.

 

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